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Meaning and etymology of the name Adoni-bezek

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Adoni-bezek is the king of Bezek when the men of Judah and Simeon set out to conquer the lands allotted to them (Judges 1:5). This Adoni-bezek had the habit of cutting off the thumbs and big toes of conquered kings, and having up to seventy of them scurry around under his table hunting for food. When Judah and Simeon sack Bezek and capture Adoni-bezek they do to him the same and afterwards take him to Jerusalem. Adoni-bezek dies there but it's not clear whether he died because of the treatment he received, or of old age, or because Judah and Simeon proceeded to massacre the townsfolk of Jerusalem and set fire to their city.

The name Adoni-bezek consists of two parts:

The first bit, adoni means lord of, or master of, and is somewhat similar in meaning to the word ba'al. Please see our article on the name Adonai for a better look at this word, and for other names that have this word in them.

Adoni-bezek meaning Cherubim zip to and fro like a bazaq. Since just prior Ezekiel sees lightning Adoni-bezek meaning

The whole name Adoni-bezek would thus mean Lord Of Scattering or Lord Of The lightning Bolt.



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