Exodus 17:8–16

The Amalekites Defeated

The Amalekitesu came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.v Moses said to Joshua,w “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staffx of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hury went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning,z but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.a 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekiteb army with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Writec this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot outd the name of Amaleke from under heaven.”

15 Moses built an altarf and calledg it The Lord is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up againstc the throne of the Lord,d the Lord will be at war against the Amalekitesh from generation to generation.”i

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