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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary

Entry for Strong's #4432 - מֹלֶךְ

Word Origin
from (04427)
Parts of Speech
Proper Name Masculine
Word Definition [ Brown-Drivers-Briggs | Strong ]
Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition

Molech = “king”

1) the god of the Ammonites and Phoenicians to whom some Israelites sacrificed their infants in the valley of Hinnom

Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word ]
Verse Results
KJV (8) NAS (8) HCS (8)
Leviticus 5
1 Kings 1
2 Kings 1
Jeremiah 1
Leviticus 5
1 Kings 1
2 Kings 1
Jeremiah 1
Leviticus 5
1 Kings 1
2 Kings 1
Jeremiah 1
n-p 7
n-p 7
n-p 7

Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition
 מֹ֫לֶךְ proper name, of a divinity Molech (ᵐ5 Μολοχ, ᵑ9 Moloch) (= מֶלֶךְ i.e. ( divine) King, with vowels of בּשֶׁת to denote abhorrence, Hoffm ZAW iii. 1883,124 RS Semitic i. 353; 2nd ed. 372; compare Hoffm GG Abh. xxxvi. 1890 a (May, 1889), 25; Phoenician proper name, of divinity מלך Milk, in proper names compare Bloch, Dr Deuteronomy 222f.); — with article ׳הַמּ: — the god to whom Israel sacrificed children with fire (in valley of Hinnom); ׳העביר בָּנֵשׁ לַ מּ 2 Kings 23:10; ׳העביר לַמּ Jeremiah 32:35 ("" הַבַּעַל), Leviticus 18:21 (H); ׳נתן לַמּ Leviticus 20:2,3,4 (H); more Generally ׳לִזְנוֺת אַחֲרֵי הַמּ Leviticus 20:5 (H). In 1 Kings 11:7 read probably מִלְכֹּם, q. v.

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Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Definition

מֹלֶךְ always with art. הַמֹּלֶךְ (“king”) Moloch, an idol of the Ammonites, who was also at various times worshipped by the Israelites in the valley of Hinnom, who offered human sacrifices to him, Leviticus 18:21, 20:2, seq.; 1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23:10. Also called מִלְכֹּם and מַלְכָּם, which see. Aqu., Symm., Theod., Vulg. Μολόχ, Moloch. According to the rabbins, his statue was of brass, with a human form, but the head of an ox; it was hollow within, and heated from below, and the children to be sacrificed were cast into its arms; and in like manner is the statue of Saturn among the Carthaginians described by Diodorus, xx. 14, compare Münter, Religion der Karthager, p. 19, and my observations on the religion of the Pœni, in Gruber’s Encyclop. vol. xxi. p. 99. The Moloch of the Ammonites and the Saturn of the Carthaginians both represented the planet Saturn, which was regarded by the Phœnicio-Shemitic nations as a κακοδαίμων, to be appeased by human sacrifices. Compare my Comment. on Isa. ii. 343; compare 327, seq.

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List of Word Forms
הַמֹּ֖לֶךְ המלך וּלְמֹ֕לֶךְ ולמלך לַמֹּ֑לֶךְ לַמֹּ֔לֶךְ לַמֹּ֖לֶךְ לַמֹּֽלֶךְ׃ לַמֹּלֶךְ֒ למלך למלך׃ מַלְכְּכֶ֔ם מלככם ham·mō·leḵ hamMolech hammōleḵ lam·mō·leḵ lamMolech lammōleḵ mal·kə·ḵem malkeChem malkəḵem ū·lə·mō·leḵ uleMolech ūləmōleḵ
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