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Go up against the land of Merathaim,a even against it,
and against the inhabitants of Pekod.b
Kill, and devote them to destruction,
says Yahweh,
and do according to all that I have commanded you. Bible
a[21]
Merathaim means “Double Rebellion,” referring to Babylon
b[21]
Pekod means “Punishment,” referring to Babylon

“Merathaim...Pekod.” These are towns in Babylon, picked because of their names and used in reference to the whole of the country of Babylon. “Merathaim” means “Double Rebellion” and “Pekod” means “Punishment.”

“devote them to destruction.” That is, devote them as an offering to Yahweh and destroy them. [For more on things “devoted” to Yahweh and devoted to destruction, see commentary on Josh. 6:17].


Commentary for: Jeremiah 50:21