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amaziah


amaziah


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Amaziah 
  strengthened  by  Jehovah.  (1.)  A  Levite,  son  of  Hilkiah,  of  the 
  descendants  of  Ethan  the  Merarite  (1  Chr.  6:45). 
 
  (2.)  The  son  and  successor  of  Joash,  and  eighth  king  of  the 
  separate  kingdom  of  Judah  (2  Kings  14:1-4).  He  began  his  reign 
  by  punishing  the  murderers  of  his  father  (5-7;  2  Chr.  25:3-5). 
  He  was  the  first  to  employ  a  mercenary  army  of  100,000  Israelite 
  soldiers,  which  he  did  in  his  attempt  to  bring  the  Edomites 
  again  under  the  yoke  of  Judah  (2  Chr.  25:5,  6).  He  was  commanded 
  by  a  prophet  of  the  Lord  to  send  back  the  mercenaries,  which  he 
  did  (2  Chr.  25:7-10,  13),  much  to  their  annoyance.  His  obedience 
  to  this  command  was  followed  by  a  decisive  victory  over  the 
  Edomites  (2  Chr.  25:14-16).  Amaziah  began  to  worship  some  of  the 
  idols  he  took  from  the  Edomites  and  this  was  his  ruin,  for  he 
  was  vanquished  by  Joash,  king  of  Israel,  whom  he  challenged  to 
  battle.  The  disaster  he  thus  brought  upon  Judah  by  his 
  infatuation  in  proclaiming  war  against  Israel  probably 
  occasioned  the  conspiracy  by  which  he  lost  his  life  (2  Kings 
  14:8-14,  19).  He  was  slain  at  Lachish,  whither  he  had  fled,  and 
  his  body  was  brought  upon  horses  to  Jerusalem,  where  it  was 
  buried  in  the  royal  sepulchre  (2  Kings  14:19,  20;  2  Chr.  25:27, 
  28). 
 
  (3.)  A  priest  of  the  golden  calves  at  Bethel  (Amos  7:10-17). 
 
  (4.)  The  father  of  Joshah,  one  of  the  Simeonite  chiefs  in  the 
  time  of  Hezekiah  (1  Chr.  4:34). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Amaziah,  the  strength  of  the  Lord