Exodus 17:13

13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Read Exodus 17:13 Using Other Translations

And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.
As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

What does Exodus 17:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 17:13

And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of
the sword.
] Amalek being distinguished from "his people", has led some to think that Amalek was the name of the king, or general of the army, and that it was a common name to the kings of that nation, as Pharaoh was to the kings of Egypt; but for this there is no foundation in the Scriptures: as Amelek signifies the Amalekites, his people may design the confederates and auxiliaries, the other people, as Ben Gersom expresses it, they brought with them to fight against Israel. And so Jerom F26 says, by him another Canaanite dwelt, who also fought against Israel in the wilderness, of whom it is so written, and Amalek and the Canaanite dwelt in the valley, ( Numbers 14:25 ) and who were all, the one as the other, at least the greatest part of them, cut to pieces by the edge of the sword of Joshua and the Israelites, who obtained a complete victory over them; as the spiritual Israel of God will at last over all their spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, the world, and death.


F26 Ut supra. (De Locis Hebr. fol. 87. M.)
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