Amorites

Who was Amorites in the Bible?

People descended from Amor

The Amorites were a group of people descended from Canaan, first mentioned in Genesis 10:16. The name Amorite is derived from the Hebrew word Emori (H0567), which refers to the people group known as the Amorites. The Amorites were one of the ancient peoples who inhabited the land of Canaan, along with other groups such as the Sidonites, Hittites, Jebusites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites.

The Amorites are mentioned in various passages throughout the Bible, including Genesis 14:7, Genesis 14:13, Genesis 15:16, Genesis 15:21, Genesis 48:22, Exodus 3:8, Exodus 3:17, Exodus 13:5, Exodus 23:23, Exodus 33:2, Exodus 34:11, Numbers 13:29, Numbers 21:13, Numbers 21:21, Numbers 21:25, Numbers 21:26, Numbers 21:29, Numbers 21:31, Numbers 21:32, Numbers 21:34, Numbers 22:2, Numbers 32:33, Numbers 32:39, Deuteronomy 1:4, Deuteronomy 1:7, Deuteronomy 1:19, Deuteronomy 1:20, Deuteronomy 1:27, Deuteronomy 1:44, Deuteronomy 2:24, Deuteronomy 3:2, Deuteronomy 3:8, Deuteronomy 3:9, Deuteronomy 4:46, Deuteronomy 4:47, Deuteronomy 7:1, Deuteronomy 20:17, Deuteronomy 31:4, Joshua 2:10, Joshua 3:10, Joshua 5:1, Joshua 7:7, Joshua 9:1, Joshua 9:10, Joshua 10:5, Joshua 10:6, Joshua 10:12, Joshua 11:3, Joshua 12:2, Joshua 12:8, Joshua 13:4, Joshua 13:10, Joshua 13:21, Joshua 24:8, Joshua 24:11, Joshua 24:12, Joshua 24:15, Joshua 24:18, Judges 1:34, Judges 1:35, Judges 1:36, Judges 3:5, Judges 6:10, Judges 10:8, Judges 10:11, Judges 11:19, Judges 11:21, Judges 11:22, Judges 11:23, 1 Samuel 7:14, 2 Samuel 21:2, 1 Kings 4:19, 1 Kings 9:20, 1 Kings 21:26, 2 Kings 21:11, 1 Chronicles 1:14, 2 Chronicles 8:7, Ezra 9:1, Nehemiah 9:8, Psalm 135:11, Psalm 136:19, Ezekiel 16:3, Ezekiel 16:45, Amos 2:9, and Amos 2:10.

From a biblical point of view, the Amorites were among the Canaanite peoples who inhabited the Promised Land before the Israelites under Joshua’s leadership conquered it. The Bible portrays the Amorites as a pagan and idolatrous people who engaged in wicked practices that were contrary to God’s commands. The presence of the Amorites in the land of Canaan was one of the reasons God commanded the Israelites to drive them out completely.

The Amorites serve as a reminder of the importance of obedience to God’s commands and the consequences of disobedience. The biblical accounts of interactions with the Amorites highlight God’s judgment on sin and His faithfulness to His covenant people. Ultimately, the Amorites represent the spiritual battles that believers face in their journey of faith, emphasizing the need to remain steadfast in following God’s will and resisting the temptations of the world.

In conclusion, the Amorites were a significant people group in biblical history, and their interactions with the Israelites provide valuable lessons for believers today on obedience, faithfulness, and spiritual warfare.

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