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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Merathaim

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(Hebrews Meratha'yim, מְרָתִיַם, double rebellion; Sept. πικρῶς,Vulg. dominantes), a name given to Babylon (Jeremiah 50:21), symbolical of its intensely perverse character (see Henderson, Comment. ad loc.). The expression." the land of two dominations" seems especially to allude " to the double captivity which Chaldaea had inflicted on the. nation of Israel (Jeremiah 50:21). This is the opinion of Gesenius, Furst, Michaelis (Bibel fui Ungelehrten), etc., and in this sense the word is taken by the versions generally, excepting that of Junius and Tremellius, which the A.V. as in other instances has followed here."

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Merathaim'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/m/merathaim.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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