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bā´a -lı̄ בּעלי , ba‛ălı̄ , "my master"): Baal, a common name for all heathen gods, had in common practice been used also of Yahweh. Hosea (Hosea 2:16 , Hosea 2:17 ) demands that Yahweh be no longer called Ba‛ălı̄ ("my Baal" = "my lord") but 'Ishı̄ ("my husband"), and we find that later the Israelites abandoned the use of Ba‛al for Yahweh.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Baali'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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