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Exodus 17:1-16

17  And all the congregation of the sons of Israel marched from the wilderness of Sin stage by stage, by Jehovah’s direction, and camped at Rephidim; and there was no water for the people to drink. 2  And the people upbraided Moses and said “Give us water to drink”; and Moses said to them “What are you upbraiding me for? what are you trying out Jehovah for?” 3  And the people were thirsty for water there; and the people complained against Moses and said “What did you bring us up out of Egypt for, to have us and our children and our stock die of thirst?” 4  And Moses cried to Jehovah “What shall I do for this people? a little more and they will stone me.” 5  And Jehovah said to Moses “Go over before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your stick that you struck the Nile with, and go. 6  You will find me standing there in Horeb before you on the rock; and you shall strike on the rock, and there shall come out of it water which the people shall drink.” And Moses did so before the eyes of the elders of Israel. 7  And the place is named Massah, “Tryout,” and Meribah, “Upbraiding,” because of the upbraiding by the sons of Israel and because of their trying out Jehovah, asking “Is Jehovah among us or not?” 8  And the ʽAmalekites came and attacked Israel at Rephidim. 9*  And Moses said to Joshuaʽ “Pick us out men and go out and attack the ʽAmalekites tomorrow; I will be standing on the hilltop with God’s stick in my hand.” 10  And Joshuaʽ did as Moses told him to, attacking the ʽAmalekites; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up on the hilltop. 11  And when Moses raised his hand the Israelites had the better; and when he put down his hand, the ʽAmalekites. 12  But Moses’s hands were heavy; and they took a stone and placed it under him, and he sat down on it, and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on this side and one on that, and his hands were steady till the sun went down, 13  and Joshuaʽ slaughtered the ʽAmalekites and their company without quarter. 14  And Jehovah said to Moses “Write this in a book for a memorial, and plant it in Joshua‘’s ears, that I will obliterate the remembrance of ʽAmalek from under the heavens.” 15  And Moses built an altar and named it Jehovah-is-my-Banner, 16***  and said “Because there was a hand against Jehovah’s throne, Jehovah is at war with ʽAmalek from the remotest generations.”

Footnotes

17:9 Var. Pick out men for yourself
17:16 Unc.; susp.
17:16 Or there is a hand
17:16 Or on Jehovah’s throne or toward Jehovah’s throne