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Amel-Marduk (meaning "man of Marduk"), also known as Awil-Marduk, or under the biblical rendition of his name, Evil-Merodach, was the third king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, ruling from 562 BC until his overthrow and murder in 560 BC. He was the successor of Nebuchadnezzar II. Amel-Marduk's killer was name Neriglissar, who succeeded him as king, and reigned four years and was succeeded by his son, Labashi-Marduk, who was murdered by a man named Nabonidus, who succeeded him and Nabonidus was the father of Belshazzar, who would be the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.

He is known for freeing King Jeconiah from prison after thirty-seven years.[1][2] Evil-Merodach elevated him above the other exiled kings, ordered his prisoner's robes to be exchanged for royal robes, and allowed him to be at his table for the rest of his life.[3][4]


  1. 2 Kings 25:27 (Link)
  2. Jeremiah 52:31 (Link)
  3. 2 Kings 25:28,29 (Link)
  4. Jeremiah 52:32,33 (Link)