Amasa

Amasa [N] [H] [S]

burden.

  • The son of Abigail, a sister of king David ( 1 Chronicles 2:17 ; 2 Sam 17:25 ). He was appointed by David to command the army in room of his cousin Joab ( 2 Samuel 19:13 ), who afterwards treacherously put him to death as a dangerous rival ( 2 Samuel 20:4-12 ).

  • A son of Hadlai, and chief of Ephraim ( 2 Chronicles 28:12 ) in the reign of Ahaz.

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    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Amasa". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Amasa [N] [E] [S]

    sparing the people
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    Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Amasa'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

    Amasa [N] [E] [H]

    (a burden ).

    1. Son of Ithra, or Jether, by Abigail, Davids sister. ( 2 Samuel 17:25 ) He joined in Absaloms rebellion, B.C. 1023, was appointed commander-in-chief and suffered defeat by Joab. ( 2 Samuel 18:6 ) David, incensed against Joab for killing Absalom, forgave Amasa and appointed him Joabs successor. ( 2 Samuel 19:13 ) Joab afterwards, when they were both in pursuit of the rebel Sheba, pretending to salute Amasa stabbed him with his sword. ( 2 Samuel 20:10 )
    2. A prince of Ephraim, son of Hadlai, in the reign of Ahaz. ( 2 Chronicles 28:12 )

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    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Amasa'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

    AMASA

    a-ma'-sa (`amasa', or read `ammishai, i.e. `am yishai, "people of Jesse"):

    The form `amasa', is based upon a mistaken etymology (from = `amac "to burden").

    (1) According to 2 Samuel 17:25, Amasa is the son of Abigail, the sister of Zeruiah and David, and Ithra, an Israelite; but another source, 1 Chronicles 2:17, calls his father Jether the Ishmaelite. He was a nephew of David and a cousin of Absalom, who made him commander of the army of rebellion. When the uprising had been quelled, David, in order to conciliate Amasa, promised him the position held by Joab; the latter had fallen from favor (2 Samuel 19:13). When a new revolt broke out under Sheba, the son of Bichri (2 Samuel 20), Amasa was entrusted with the task of assembling the men of Judah. But Joab was eager for revenge upon the man who had obtained the office of command that he coveted. When Amasa met Joab at Gibeon, the latter murdered him while pretending to salute (2 Samuel 20:8-10; 1 Kings 2:5).

    (2) Son of Hadlai, of the Bene 'Ephrayim ("Children of Ephraim"), who, obeying the words of the prophet Oded, refused to consider as captives the Judeans who had been taken from Ahaz, king of Judah, by the victorious Israelites under the leadership of Pekah (2 Chronicles 28:12).

    H. J. Wolf


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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'AMASA'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.