Fausset's Bible Dictionary


Son and successor of Nebuchadnezzar. During the latter's exclusion from men among beasts, Evil Merodach administered the government. On Nebuchadnezzar's resuming it at the end of seven years, he heard of his son's misconduct and that Evil Merodach had exulted in his father's calamity. He therefore cast Evil Merodach into prison, where the prince met Jehoiachin or Jeconiah, and became his friend. When Evil Merodach mounted the throne therefore he brought him out of prison, changed his prison garments, and set his throne above the throne of the kings with him in Babylon, and "Jehoiachin did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life" (Jer_52:31-34). After a two-year reign, 561-559 B.C., he was murdered by Neriglissar (Nergal Sharezer), a Babylonian noble (married to his sister), who seized the crown. Evil Merodach was guilty of lawless government, according to Berosus, possibly because of his showing greater lenity than his father.


Taken from: Fausset's Bible Dictionary by Andrew Robert Fausset (1821-1910)