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Easton's Bible Dictionary

 

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Ammonite
        the usual name of the descendants of Ammon, the son of Lot (Gen.
        19:38). From the very beginning (Deut. 2:16-20) of their history
        till they are lost sight of (Judg. 5:2), this tribe is closely
        associated with the Moabites (Judg. 10:11; 2 Chr. 20:1; Zeph.
        2:8). Both of these tribes hired Balaam to curse Israel (Deut.
        23:4). The Ammonites were probably more of a predatory tribe,
        moving from place to place, while the Moabites were more
        settled. They inhabited the country east of the Jordan and north
        of Moab and the Dead Sea, from which they had expelled the
        Zamzummims or Zuzims (Deut. 2:20; Gen. 14:5). They are known as
        the Beni-ammi (Gen. 19:38), Ammi or Ammon being worshipped as
        their chief god. They were of Semitic origin, and closely
        related to the Hebrews in blood and language. They showed no
        kindness to the Israelites when passing through their territory,
        and therefore they were prohibited from "entering the
        congregation of the Lord to the tenth generation" (Deut. 23:3).
        They afterwards became hostile to Israel (Judg. 3:13). Jephthah
        waged war against them, and "took twenty cities with a very
        great slaughter" (Judg. 11:33). They were again signally
        defeated by Saul (1 Sam. 11:11). David also defeated them and
        their allies the Syrians (2 Sam. 10:6-14), and took their chief
        city, Rabbah, with much spoil (2 Sam. 10:14; 12:26-31). The
        subsequent events of their history are noted in 2 Chr. 20:25;
        26:8; Jer. 49:1; Ezek. 25:3, 6. One of Solomon's wives was
        Naamah, an Ammonite. She was the mother of Rehoboam (1 Kings
        14:31; 2 Chr. 12:13).
        The prophets predicted fearful judgments against the Ammonites
        because of their hostility to Israel (Zeph. 2:8; Jer. 49:1-6;
        Ezek. 25:1-5, 10; Amos 1:13-15).
        The national idol worshipped by this people was Molech or
        Milcom, at whose altar they offered human sacrifices (1 Kings
        11:5, 7). The high places built for this idol by Solomon, at the
        instigation of his Ammonitish wives, were not destroyed till the
        time of Josiah (2 Kings 23:13).

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Ammonite' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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