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am -a -rı̄´a ( אמויה , 'ămaryāh and אמריהוּ , 'ămaryāhū , "the Lord has said"; compare HPN , 180, 285). (1) A L evite in the line of Aaron-Eleazar; a son of Meraioth and grandfather of Zadok (1 Chronicles 6:7 , 1 Chronicles 6:52 ) who lived in David's time. Compare Zadok (2 Samuel 15:27 , etc.) also Ant , VIII, i, 3 and X, viii, 6. (2) A L evite in the line of Kohath-Hebron referred to in 1 Chronicles 23:19 and 1 Chronicles 24:23 at the time when David divided the Levites into courses. (3) A L evite in the line of Aaron-Eleazar; a son of Azariah who "executed the priest's office in the house that Solomon built" (1 Chronicles 6:10 f). Compare Ezra 7:3 where in the abbreviated list this Amariah is mentioned as an ancestor of Ezra. See AMARIAS (1 Esdras 8:2; 2 Esdras 1:2) and number (4) of this article (4) Chief priest and judge "in all matters of Yahweh" appointed by Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 19:11 ). Possibly identical with Amariah, number (3). (5) A descendant of Judah in the line of Perez and an ancestor of Ataiah who lived in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile (Nehemiah 11:4 ). Compare Imri (1 Chronicles 9:4 ) and number (7) of this article, which Amariah seems to be of the same family, (6) A L evite and an assistant of Kore who was appointed by Hezekiah to distributed the "oblations of Yahweh" to their brethren (2 Chronicles 31:15 ). (7) A son of Bani who had married a foreign woman (Ezra 10:42 ). See number (5) of this article (8) A priest who with Nehemiah sealed the covenant (Nehemiah 10:3 ); he had returned to Jerusalem with Zerubbabel (Nehemiah 12:2 ) and was the father of Jehohanan (compare Hanani, Ezra 10:20 ), priest at the time of Joiakim (Nehemiah 12:13 ). Compare Immer (Ezra 2:37; Ezra 10:20; Nehemiah 7:40 ) and also Emmeruth (the King James Version "Meruth," 1 Esdras 5:24). (9) An ancestor of Zephaniah, the prophet (Zephaniah 1:1 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Amariah'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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