Easton's Bible Dictionary
Double rebellion, probably a symbolical name given to Babylon (Jeremiah 50:21 ), denoting rebellion exceeding that of other nations.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
, the Land of
i.e. "of double rebellion", namely, the double captivity inflicted on Israel by Chaldoea (Jeremiah 50:21); referring also to Babylon's general accumulated rebellions against God (Jeremiah 50:17-20, especially Jeremiah 50:18), "Babylon, Assyria," (Jeremiah 50:33; Jeremiah 50:24; Jeremiah 50:29) "striven against Jehovah, proud against ... the Holy One of Israel."
Holman Bible Dictionary
(mehr uh thay' ihm) Place name meaning, “double bitterness” or “double rebellion,” possibly a play on the Akkadian phrase mat marrati (“Land of the Bitter River”) or on nar marratu , a designation for the area touching the Persian gulf known from Babylonian inscriptions. Jeremiah (Jeremiah 50:21 ) announced God's judgment on the land.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
MERATHAIM ( Jeremiah 50:21 ). The term is an enigmatical one, and adapted so as to recall to a Heb. ear either ‘double rebellion’ or ‘double bitterness.’
Morrish Bible Dictionary
Symbolical name given to the country of the Chaldeans, signifying 'double rebellion,' perhaps alluding to the double captivity of the Israelites by Chaldea. Jeremiah 50:21 : cf. Jeremiah 50:25 .
- The salt marshes through which it passed before entering the sea were called Marratu ( Merathaim
in Jeremiah 50:21 ), where the AramÃ¦an Kalda or ChaldÃ¦ans lived
- 50:21) is generally not translated (KJV, RSV, and NIV, “Merathaim
Babylon, Kingdom of
- The salt-marshes at the mouths of the Euphrates and Tigris were called Marratu, "the bitter" or "salt", the Merathaim
of Jeremiah 50:21