A Levite, son of Hilkiah, of the descendants of Ethan the Merarite ( 1 Chronicles 6:45 ).
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 Chronicles 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 Chronicles 25:52 Chronicles 25:6 ). He was commanded by a prophet of the Lord to send back the mercenaries, which he did ( 2 Chronicles 25:7-102 Chronicles 25:13 ), much to their annoyance. His obedience to this command was followed by a decisive victory over the Edomites ( 2 Chronicles 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 14:8-142 Kings 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 14:192 Kings 14:20 ; 2 Chr 2 Kings 25:272 Kings 25:28 ).
The father of Joshah, one of the Simeonite chiefs in the time of Hezekiah ( 1 Chronicles 4:34 ).
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Amaziah". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .