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Molech

By Jeff A. Benner

Molech was the name of the chief god within the Ammonite (another Semitic nation) pantheon. In Hebrew this name is written as מלך / מולך (molekh, Strong’s #4432). This word is derived form of the verb מלך (M.L.K, Strong’s #4427) meaning "to rule." The name Molekh is the participle form of this verb and can mean "ruling" or "ruler." Besides the participle molekh, there is another way to say "ruler" or "king" and that is with the noun (melekh, Strong’s #4428), which is also derived from the verb מלך (M.L.K, Strong’s #4427).




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