Amasa

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  • Absalom had appointed Amasa as commander of his army, replacing Joab, who had been commander under David. (Amasa was Joab's cousin. His father was Jether,* an Ishmaelite.* His mother, Abigail daughter of Nahash, was the sister of Joab's mother, Zeruiah.)1 - 2 Samuel 17:25


  • And David told them to tell Amasa, "Since you are my nephew, may God strike me dead if I do not appoint you as commander of my army in place of Joab." - 2 Samuel 19:13


  • Then Amasa convinced all the leaders of Judah, and they responded unanimously. They sent word to the king, "Return to us, and bring back all those who are with you." - 2 Samuel 19:14


  • Then the king instructed Amasa to mobilize the army of Judah within three days and to report back at that time. - 2 Samuel 20:4


  • So Amasa went out to notify the troops, but it took him longer than the three days he had been given. - 2 Samuel 20:5


  • As they arrived at the great stone in Gibeon, Amasa met them, coming from the opposite direction. Joab was wearing his uniform with a dagger strapped to his belt. As he stepped forward to greet Amasa, he secretly slipped the dagger from its sheath. - 2 Samuel 20:8


  • Amasa didn't notice the dagger in his left hand, and Joab stabbed him in the stomach with it so that his insides gushed out onto the ground. Joab did not need to strike again, and Amasa soon died. Joab and his brother Abishai left him lying there and continued after Sheba. - 2 Samuel 20:10


  • One of Joab's young officers shouted to Amasa's troops, "If you are for Joab and David, come and follow Joab." - 2 Samuel 20:11


  • But Amasa lay in his blood in the middle of the road, and Joab's officer saw that a crowd was gathering around to stare at him. So he pulled him off the road into a field and threw a cloak over him. - 2 Samuel 20:12


  • With Amasa's body out of the way, everyone went on with Joab to capture Sheba. - 2 Samuel 20:13


  • "And there is something else. You know that Joab son of Zeruiah murdered my two army commanders, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He pretended that it was an act of war, but it was done in a time of peace,* staining his belt and sandals with the blood of war.1 - 1 Kings 2:5


  • Then the LORD will repay him for the murders of two men who were more righteous and better than he. For my father was no party to the deaths of Abner son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah. - 1 Kings 2:32


  • Abigail married a man named Jether, an Ishmaelite, and they had a son named Amasa. - 1 Chronicles 2:17


  • Then some of the leaders of Israel*--Azariah son of Jehohanan, Berekiah son of Meshillemoth, Jehizkiah son of Shallum, and Amasa son of Hadlai--agreed with this and confronted the men returning from battle.2 - 2 Chronicles 28:12

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New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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