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Amon

Meaning: builder / Hebrew: amown.

This was the name of three biblical men and one false god.

  1. Governor Amon—The governor of Samaria in the time of Ahab. The prophet Micaiah was put in his custody (1 Kings 22:26; 2 Chr. 18:25).

  2. King Amon—The son of Manasseh, and fourteenth king of Judah. He restored idolatry, and set up the images which his father had cast down. Zephaniah (1:1, 4; 3:4, 11) refers to the moral depravity prevailing in this king’s reign.

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

    Relatives

  3. Amon—The children of this man are mentioned (Neh. 7:59).

  4. The Egyptian god Amon is identified with Ra, the sun-god of Heliopolis. Amon was an Egyptian god, usually depicted with a human body and the head of a ram. Amon is referred to in Jer. 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 Nah. 3:8 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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