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Hebrew: amown —meaning: builder

This is the name of 3 biblical men and a false god.

  1. Governor Amon

    He is the governor of Samaria in the time of Ahab.

    The prophet Micaiah was put in his custody (1 Kings 22:26; 2 Chronicles 18:25).

  2. King Amon

    He is a son of King Manasseh, and 14th king of the Kingdom of Judah.

    A record of his life can be read in 2 Kings 21:18-26 and 2 Chronicles 33:20-25.

    He was a evil ruler who restored idolatry, and set up the images which his father had cast down.

    Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1; 1:4; 3:4; 3:11) refers to the moral depravity prevailing in this king’s reign.

    He was assassinated (2 Kings 21:18-26: 2 Chronicles 33:20-25) by his own servants, who conspired against him.

    Relatives of King Amon

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  3. Amon, a father mentioned by Nehemiah

    His children are briefly mentioned as part of a long list of Jewish exiles returned from captivity to Jerusalem (Neh. 7:59).

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  4. Amon, a false divinity of Egypt

    He is a male Egyptian god identified with Ra, the sun-god of Heliopolis. He is usually depicted with a human body and the head of a ram.

    Amon is referred to in Jeremiah 46:25, where the King James Bible uses the word “multitudes” instead of the more appropriate translation “Amon” used in other translations, including the New King James Version.

    Similarly, in the King James version of Nahum 3:8 KJV the expression “populous No” is used instead of the more appropriate translation, “No-Amon” or “Thebes,” as in other translations.

    In each case, the Hebrew word is Amown (Amon).

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Article Version: September 24, 2021