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Zadkiel is the archangel of freedom, benevolence and mercy, and the Patron Angel of all who forgive. Rabbinical tradition considers him to be the angel of mercy.

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Zadkiel belongs to the order of Dominions, and considered to be chief of that order. Zadkiel is listed as co-chief with Gabriel of the order of Shinanim. As an angel of mercy, Zadkiel is the unnamed biblical Angel of the Lord who holds back Abraham to prevent the patriarch from sacrificing his son, and because of this is usually shown holding a dagger.

Zadkiel is one of two standard bearers (along with Jophiel) who follow directly behind Michael as the head archangel enters battle. Zadkiel is associated with the color violet. In iconography, he is often depicted holding a knife or dagger.

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Other texts cite Michael or some other angel as the angel intended, while others interpret the Angel of the Lord as a theophany.

In Jewish mysticism and Western ritual magic, Zadkiel is associated with the planet Jupiter. The angel's position in the Sephirot is fourth, which corresponds to mercy.

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