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Meaning: covenant lord.

This was the name of the false-god worshipped in Shechem after the death of Gideon (Judges 8:33; 9:4). In 9:46 he is called simply “the god Berith.” The name indicates the god of the covenant into which the Israelites entered with the Canaanites, contrary to the command of Jehovah (Exodus 34:12), when they began to fall away to the worship of idols.