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Am’asa (a burden).

1. Son of Ithra or Jether, by Abigail, David’s sister. 2 Sam. 17:25. He joined in Absalom’s rebellion, b.c. 1023, was appointed commander-in-chief, and suffered defeat by Joab. 2 Sam. 18:6. David, incensed against Joab for killing Absalom, forgave Amasa and appointed him Joab’s successor. 2 Sam. 19:13. Joab afterwards, when they were both in pursuit of the rebel Sheba, pretending to salute Amasa, stabbed him with his sword. 2 Sam. 20:10.

2. A prince of Ephraim, son of Hadlai, in the reign of Ahaz. 2 Chron. 28:12.