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    Regem-melech in Easton's Bible Dictionary friend of the king, one of the two messengers sent by the exiled Jews to Jerusalem in the time of Darius (Zech. 7:2) to make inquiries at the temple.

    Regem-melech in Fausset's Bible Dictionary ("the king's official") (Zechariah 7:2). Sent by Jews of the country (Zechariah 7:5) to "the house of God" (Bethel) or congregation at Jerusalem. Beth-el is here used for Beth- Jehovah; the religious authorities, not "the house of Jehovah" (named in Zechariah 7:3), are meant. The temple was not actually completed until two years later (Ezra 6:15 with Zechariah 7:1). But the congregation, headed by their priests, was "the house of God," paving the way for the spiritual New Testament "house of God" (Hebrews 3:6; Zechariah 3:7; Hosea 8:1). Ezra (Ezra 5:8; Ezra 5:15; Ezra 6:7; Ezra 7:20; Ezra 7:23) uses Bet Elowah for "the house of God." The allusion is to God's words to Jacob, "go up to Bethel" (Genesis 28:19; Genesis 35:1). Jacob's "house of God" consisted as yet of but a pillar first and an altar afterward (Genesis 28:17-18; Genesis 28:22; Genesis 36:1; Genesis 36:7); so the house of God at the time of Regem Melech consisted merely of an altar, and congregation, and priests favored with God's presence in worship at it. God, as in Jacob's case, could bless the obedient at the bore altar before the temple was reared. But many sent to Jehovah's house, not like Jacob at Bethel but as the apostate Israelites to the calf at Bethel, with no spirit of true obedience. Hence the name "Bethel" is used. In Genesis 36:5, it is not to the people of Bethel but "unto all the people of the land" the word of the Lord came in reply; therefore Bethel is not the nominative to "sent" in Genesis 36:2, as Maurer proposes.

    Regem-melech in Hitchcock's Bible Names he that stones the king; purple of the king

    Regem-melech in Naves Topical Bible -A captive sent as a messenger from the Jews in Babylon to Jerusalem Zec 7:2

    Regem-melech in Smiths Bible Dictionary (friend of the king). The names of Sherezer and Regem-melech occur in an obscure passage of Zechariah. Zec 7:2 They were sent on behalf of some of the captivity to make inquiries at the temple concerning fasting (B.C. 617.)

    Regem-melech in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE re'-gem-me'-lek, re'-gem-mel'-ek (reghem melekh): One of a deputation sent to inquire concerning the propriety of continuing the commemoration of the destruction of the temple by holding a fast (Zec 7:2). The text of the passage is in disorder. The name may mean "friend of the king"; hence, some have sought to remove the difficulty by interpreting reghem melekh as a title, not a personal name, reading the clause, "They of Beth-el had sent SHAREZER (q.v. (2)), the friend of the king."

    Regem-melech Scripture - Zechariah 7:2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,