Hebrew: נֵרְגַּל —transliteration: Nergal —meaning: the great dog —that is, a lion
Nergal is one of the chief false gods of the Assyrians and Babylonians—the god of war and hunting.
Worshipped by the Cuthites, he is connected with Cutha as its tutelary deity.
“…the men of Cuth made Nergal…” —2 Kings 17:30
The name of this heathen god also appears in the names of 2 men mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah.
Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and sat in the middle gate: Nergal-sar-ezer of Samgar, Nebu-sar-sekim the Rab-saris, Nergal-sar-ezer the Rab-mag, with all the rest of the officers of the king of Babylon. —Jeremiah 39:3 ESV; also see: Jeremiah 39:13
Article Version: June 30, 2021