Deuteronomy 25:18

18 When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.

Deuteronomy 25:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.
ESV
18 how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God.
NLT
18 They attacked you when you were exhausted and weary, and they struck down those who were straggling behind. They had no fear of God.
MSG
18 how he attacked you when you were tired, barely able to put one foot in front of another, mercilessly cut off your stragglers, and had no regard for God.
CSB
18 They met you along the way and attacked all your stragglers from behind when you were tired and weary. They did not fear God.

Deuteronomy 25:18 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 25:18

How he met thee by the way
Not with necessary provisions, food and drink, which would have been but a piece of kindness and humanity to travellers; but met them sword in hand, in order to stop their journey, and make them captives, at least to harass and distress them:

and smote the hindmost of thee;
came upon them in a sly cowardly manner, and attacked their rear:

[even] all [that were] feeble behind thee:
women and children, and such men as were weak, sickly, labouring under some disorder, and so lagged behind, and could not keep up with the rest; on these Amalek first fell, and began his attack here:

when thou [wast] faint and weary;
with travelling, and the more so for want of water, which was their case at Rephidim, when Amalek came out against them; which is another aggravation of their unkind usage of them they were not to forget:

and he feared not God;
who was then in the pillar of cloud and fire with Israel, which phenomenon Amalek might see, and yet did not fear; and who had done such wonders for Israel in Egypt, and had brought them from thence, and had drowned Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea, of which doubtless Amalek had heard, and yet feared not the Lord, who had done such great things.

Deuteronomy 25:18 In-Context

16 For the LORD your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.
17 Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt.
18 When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.
19 When the LORD your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 36:1; Romans 3:18