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Amal-Marduk, or Evil-Merodach,[1] reigned as king of Babylon 562-560 BC. He was the son and successor of Nebuchadnezzar II[2] before being murdered and succeeded by Neriglissar.

Evil-Merodach reigned a mere two years (562-560 B.C.) before being murdered by his brother-in-law, who then took the throne (Jer. 39:3, 13). The prophet Daniel probably influenced Evil-Merodach, who was then kind to the prisoner Jehoiachin, who had held in Babylon for 37 years until Evil-Merodach released him.

In other respects Evil-Merodach was a brutal and lustful king.


  1. Josephus, Histories, 10.11.2;
  2. II Kings 25:27; Jeremiah 52:31, 34