But Amaziah refused to yield, and sent his army to the borders of the kingdom of Israel.
Amaziah, on the other hand, born in the purple, was vigorous and restless.
Joash of Israel defeated him at Bethshemesh; Amaziah was taken prisoner and his army dispersed.
He was the son of Amoz, who has been (much too precariously) identified with a brother of Amaziah.
In fact the speech of Amaziah justifies the hardest terms which Amos uses of the religion of his day.
Amaziah had the courage to attack the Idumans in their mountain fastnesses.
Just as little is the parallelism of Amaziah with Joash of Israel altered by our assumption.
Amaziah's efforts, meanwhile, were impeded by the humiliation he had had to undergo.
Advantage was taken of this helpless condition of the country by the Idumans, who had been beaten and disgraced by Amaziah.
It was apparently at this point that Amos was interrupted by Amaziah.