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Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

16:23 Dagon their god. Dagon has been called the “fish-god” ever since the days of Jerome, who so identified him (evidently because the Hebrew word for “fish” is dag). However, archaeologists have found references to Dagon, who was seemingly a very important deity in all the ancient nations of the Middle East. He is now believed to have been the “god of grain” (the Hebrew word for “grain” is dagan).

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