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Baal-zebub

also known as: Baalzebub, Greek form: Beelzebub

Meaning, most likely: “fly-lord” or “lord of the flies”.

This was the name of the god of the Philistines at Ekron (2 Kings 1:2-3, 16). This name was given to the god because he was supposed to be able to avert the plagues of flies rising from dung and refuse (carrying disease).

After King Ahaziah (son of Ahab) fell through an upper chamber lattice and became ill, he commanded his messengers to,

“Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I will recover from this sickness.” —2 Kings 1:2 NASB

Because King Ahaziah sought guidance from Satanic Baalzebub, again committing idolatry, he was cursed by God and died.

The city of Ekron had a notable sanctuary to Baalzebul (2 Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16).

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