The Amorites lived in the Hill Country west of the Dead Sea.
In Old Testament times they established 2 kingdoms east of the Jordan, which were Og king of Bashan, and Sihon king of Heshbon.
The Amorites were descendants of Emer,
the Fourth Son of Canaan, the son of Ham. Canaan was cursed by Noah and
therefore the sons of Canaan were also under the curse. After the Tower of Babel
they settled in the area of the land of Canaan on the west of the Jordan River
in the Hill Country, and also east of the Dead Sea and north of the Arnon River.
They were known in the ancient world by the Akkadian "Amurru" which translation
is still under speculation. Some think it to mean "The West" in relation to
Mesopotamia. Others attribute their name to "Mountain Dweller" because their
dwelling was in the mountains. The Amorites were descendants of Ham and very
powerful, many of them were giants as it says in the Book of Amos:
Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the
cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and
his roots from beneath.
Moses conquered the Amorites and gave their
territory to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh. Later
Joshua defeated the Amorites on the west of the Jordan in the hill country. The
land was allotted to the tribes of Judah, Simeon, Dan, and Benjamin.
Baal and Ashteroth
Baal was their chief god and his wife Ashteroth was
their chief goddess. Her name in Chaldean was Ishtar, and in Greece and Rome she
was Astarte. There religion involved temple prostitution, human sacrifice and
orgies. There have been many temples, high places, stone pillars and altars
excavated in the land of Israel. Some of the sites contained large numbers of
containers with the remains of children who had been sacrificed to Baal.
2 Samuel 21:2 - And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now
the Gibeonites [were] not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of
the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to
slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)
Numbers 32:33 - And Moses gave unto them, [even] to the children of Gad, and
to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of
Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of
Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, [even] the cities of
the country round about.
Joshua 5:1 - And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which
[were] on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites,
which [were] by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan
from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart
melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of
Joshua 24:15 - And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you
this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that
[were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose
land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Deuteronomy 7:1 - When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land
whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee,
the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the
Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and
mightier than thou;
1 Samuel 7:14 - And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel
were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did
Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between
Israel and theAmorites.
Joshua 10:12 - Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD
delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the
sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the
valley of Ajalon.
2 Kings 21:11 - Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations,
[and] hath done wickedly above all that theAmorites did, which [were] before
him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:
Exodus 13:5 - And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land
of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and theAmorites, and the Hivites, and the
Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with
milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.
Numbers 21:25 - And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all
the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the villages thereof.
Joshua 10:5 - Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of
Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the
king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their
hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
Deuteronomy 1:4 - After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which
dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:
1 Kings 4:19 - Geber the son of Uri [was] in the country of Gilead, [in] the
country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and [he was]
the only officer which [was] in the land.
Exodus 3:8 - And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the
Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large,
unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and
the Hittites, and theAmorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the
Joshua 12:2 - Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, [and] ruled
from Aroer, which [is] upon the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of
the river, and from half Gilead, even unto the river Jabbok, [which is] the
border of the children of Ammon;
Nehemiah 9:8 - And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a
covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites,
the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to
give [it, I say], to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou [art]
Judges 10:8 - And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel:
eighteen years, all the children of Israel that [were] on the other side Jordan
in the land of the Amorites, which [is] in Gilead.
Judges 11:19 - And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites,
the king of Heshbon; and Israel said unto him, Let us pass, we pray thee,
through thy land into my place.
Deuteronomy 1:7 - Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of
the Amorites, and unto all [the places] nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the
hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of
the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
Joshua 13:21 - And all the cities of the plain, and all the kingdom of Sihon
king of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses smote with the
princes of Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, [which were]
dukes of Sihon, dwelling in the country.
Ezra 9:1 - Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying,
The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated
themselves from the people of the lands, [doing] according to their
abominations, [even] of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the
Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
Judges 11:21 - And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people
into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land
of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
Numbers 13:29 - The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the
Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the
Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
Joshua 7:7 - And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all
brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to
destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side
Numbers 21:34 - And the LORD said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have
delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do
to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
Deuteronomy 3:2 - And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will
deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do
unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
Exodus 3:17 - And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of
Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and
the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with
milk and honey.
Joshua 24:11 - And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men
of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the
Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the
Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.
Joshua 24:8 - And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt
on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your
hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
Deuteronomy 3:9 - ([Which] Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and
the Amorites call it Shenir;)
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