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Amoz

also known as: Amotz, Amos

Hebrew: אָמוֹץ —transliteration: Amots or ʼAmōṣ

Meaning: strong

This was the name of the father of the prophet Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2, 20; 20:1; Isaiah 1:1; 2:1).

His name appears 13 times in Scripture: 2 Kings 19:2, 20; 20:1; 26:22; 32:20, 32; Isaiah 1:1; 2:1; 13:1; 20:2; 37:2, 21; 38:1.

He is not the same person as Amos, the minor prophet, who wrote the book of Amos.

Little is known about Amoz’s personal history. Some suppose he is the “man of God” mentioned in 2 Chronicles 25:7-9

But a man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel nor with any of the sons of Ephraim. But if you do go, do it, be strong for the battle; yet God will bring you down before the enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down.” Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?” And the man of God answered, “The Lord has much more to give you than this.” —NASB

The term “man of God” appears about 70 times in the Old Testament and always refers to a person who spoke for God.

Article Version: March 28, 2018

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