Battery no longer wishes to play. on 1997 Toyota Tercel

Last night driving I noticed interior lights(dash and clock) were very dim as with headlights. Battery light has been off and on for a while but yesterday consistently on. Got home my dad took my battery out of the car and tried 2 different batteries. Neither batteries worked unless a hot box was jumping them. Tried charging a battery and again nothing. What is happening/wrong?

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Have the charging system tested, and a possible dirty/bad wire connection.
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also an alternator test and check would be good to do at this point
I ended up replacing the alternator and all is well. Thank you.