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Biography of Amaziah


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Amaziah (am-a-zi'-a), the son of Joash, whom he succeeded as eighth king of Judah. He adhered to the worship of the true God, but permitted some idolatrous observances. Having arrogantly challenged Jehoash, King of Israel, to battle, the armies met at Beth-she-mesh, where Amaziah was defeated, himself taken prisoner, and subsequently his city and palace were plundered. Fifteen or sixteen years afterwards he fled from conspirators, by whom he was overtaken and assassinated. Flourished in 8th or 9th century.