[some Amas'ai] (Hebrew Amasay', עֲמָשִׂי, burdensome), the name of several men. SEE AMASHAI.
1. (Sept. Α᾿μασί and Α᾿μάς v. r. Α᾿μεσσί and Α᾿μαθί.) A Levite, son of Elkanah, and father of Ahimoth or Mahath, of the ancestry of Samuel (1Ch 6:25,35), B.C. cir. 1410.
2. (Sept. Α᾿μασαί.) The principal leader of a considerable body of men from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, who joined David in "the stronghold," apparently the cave of Adullam; his fervent declaration of attachment instantly dispelled the apprehensions that David expressed at their coming (1Ch 12:18), B.C. cir. 1061. There is not much probability in the supposition (Ewald, Isr. Gesch. 2, 544) that he was the same with AMASA SEE AMASA (q.v.), the nephew of David.
3. (Sept. Α᾿μασαϊv.) One of the priests appointed to precede the ark with blowing of trumpets on its removal from the house of Obed-edom to Jerusalem (1Ch 15:24), B.C. cir. 1043.
4. (Sept. Α᾿μασί.) Another Levite, father of a different Mahath, and one of the two Kohathites that were forward at the instance of Hezekiah in cleansing the temple (2Ch 29:12), B.C. 726.