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Dagon

Meaning: little fish; diminutive from dag = a fish

the fish-god; the national god of the Philistines (Judg. 16:23)

This idol had the body of a fish with the head and hands of a man. It was an Assyrio-Babylonian deity, the worship of which was introduced among the Philistines through Chaldea.

The most famous of the temples of Dagon were at Gaza (Judg. 16:23-30) and Ashdod (1 Sam. 5:1-7).

God twice felled the Dagon idol in its temple as the ark of the covenant was displayed before it, and smote its worshippers with emerods (1 Sam. 5:1-12).

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