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King Amaziah of Judea

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King Amaziah of Judea: Son of King Joash. Reigned from 661-631 BCE. Amaziah hired 100,000 soldiers from the Kingdom of Israel to help him conquer Edom. Heeding a prophet’s warning against such an alliance with the idolatrous Israelites, Amaziah sent the soldiers back, forfeiting the money he paid in advance. Amaziah was victorious over Edom, but he brought back Edomite gods to Jerusalem and worshiped them. Not content with that victory, Amaziah challenged King Joash (of Israel) to war. The Israelites defeated the Judeans, plundering the Holy Temple and taking many hostages. Amaziah was assassinated.
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