Milcom (Mil´kuhm; from the Semitic root mlk, “king”)

The Ammonite form of Baal, the northwest Semitic god of fertility and the storm. He was closely related to the Phoenician Baals, Melqart and Molech, to whom human sacrifices, particularly children, were offered. The worship of Milcom was introduced into Jerusalem by Solomon (1Kgs 11:5; 1Kgs 11:33) and abolished by Josiah (2Kgs 23:13).

1Kgs 11:5

5For Solomon followed Astarte the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

1Kgs 11:33

33This is because he has forsaken me, worshiped Astarte the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the Ammonites, and has not ... View more

2Kgs 23:13

13The king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Destruction, which King Solomon of Israel had built for Astarte the ... View more

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