Abednego or Azariah
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)
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Abednego, the new name given to Azariah, one of Daniels three companions (Dan. 1:7) who were appointed over the province of Babylon (2:40) and subsequently thrown into the fiery furnace. A lengthy prayer is ascribed to him in the Greek version of Daniel 3. Abed-nego in Hebrew means servant of Nego, a pejorative variation of Nebo, a Babylonian god of wisdom.
Azariah (Heb., Yah [God] is mighty). 1 A Levite musician during the reign of King David (1 Chron. 15:21). 2 The father of Hoshea, the military commander of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chron. 27:20). 3 A Levite Temple official during the reign of King Hezekiah who helped collect the tithes (2 Chron. 31:13).
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