Hamath (Hay´math)

A city (modern Hama) on the Orontes River in Syria between Damascus and Aleppo; the name also designated the district of which Hamath was the capital. The first known ruler of Hamath was Toi (2Sam 8:9), who sent David gifts after the latter’s victory over Zobah. According to (2Chr 8:3-4) Solomon captured Hamath-zobah and built store-cities in Hamath. During the Assyrian period Hamath figured prominently in the Assyrian annals; Sargon II (ca. 722–705 BCE) describes himself as the “destroyer of Hamath.” Following usual Assyrian practice, inhabitants of Hamath were deported to Samaria after its capture (2Kgs 17:24), and apparently Israelites were exiled to Hamath (Isa 11:11).

2Sam 8:9

9When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer,

2Chr 8:3-4

3Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and captured it.4He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage towns that he built in Hamath.

2Kgs 17:24

Assyria Resettles Samaria
24The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria in p ... View more

Isa 11:11

11On that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that is left of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Et ... View more

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