Merodach has given a son, (Isa. 39:1), "the hereditary chief of the Chaldeans, a small tribe at that time settled in the marshes at the mouth of the Euphrates, but in consequence of his conquest of Babylon afterwards, they became the dominant caste in Babylonia itself." One bearing this name sent ambassadors to Hezekiah (B.C. 721). He is also called Berodach-baladan (2 Kings 20:12; 2 Chr. 20:31). (See HEZEKIAH.)
He failed to make head against the Assyrians; the frontier cities were taken by Sargon and merodach-baladan was left to his fate.
There would be no more embassies from merodach-baladan, or any revolted viceroy!
merodach-baladan had made every preparation to meet the coming attack, and the Elamite king had engaged to help him.
merodach-baladan had foreseen the coming storm, and had done his best to secure allies.
Elam had assisted merodach-baladan, and its soldiers had fought on the plains of Kish.
Circumstances seemed, moreover, to favour a war against merodach-baladan.
The blow which ruined merodach-baladan broke up the coalition which he had tried to form against Assyria.
He entrusted the conduct of the former to the governor of Ku, but reserved to himself the final reckoning with merodach-baladan.
There was a merodach-baladan in rebellion against Sargon in 710, and there was one in rebellion against Sennacherib in 705.
merodach-baladan had now been twelve years in quiet possession of the kingdom.