This is the Hebrew name used to refer to the national god of the Philistines (Judges 16:23). This idol had the body of a fish with the head and hands of a man. He was considered to be the god of prosperity, and the Syrians considered him the father of gods.
In Ashdod, God twice felled the Dagon idol in its temple as the ark of the covenant was displayed before it after capture by the Philistines. God also punished Dagon’s worshippers with emerods (1 Samuel 5:1-12), leaving them quite desperate.
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