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).
9When King Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer,
3Solomon went to Hamath-zobah, and captured it.4He built Tadmor in the wilderness and all the storage towns that he built in Hamath.
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
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