Exodus 17:14

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

Exodus 17:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
ESV
14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven."
NLT
14 After the victory, the LORD instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.”
MSG
14 God said to Moses, "Write this up as a reminder to Joshua, to keep it before him, because I will most certainly wipe the very memory of Amalek off the face of the Earth."
CSB
14 The Lord then said to Moses, "Write this down on a scroll as a reminder and recite it to Joshua: I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek under heaven."

Exodus 17:14 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 17:14

And the Lord said unto Moses
After the battle was over, and the Israelites had got the victory:

write this for a memorial in a book:
not in loose papers, but in a book, that it might continue; meaning that the account of this battle with Amelek should be put down in the annals or journal of Moses, in the book of the law he was writing, or was about to write, and would write, as he did, see ( Joshua 1:7 Joshua 1:8 ) that so it might be kept in memory, and transmitted to the latest posterity; it being on the one hand an instance of great impiety, inhumanity, and rashness, in Amalek, and on the other a display of the goodness, kindness, and power of God on the behalf of his people: and

rehearse it in the ears of Joshua;
who was a principal person concerned in this battle, and therefore, when the account was written and rehearsed, could bear witness to the truth of it, as well as he was to be the chief person that should be concerned in introducing the Israelites into the land of Canaan, and subduing the Canaanites; and therefore this, and what follows, was to be rehearsed to him, as the rule of his conduct toward them, and particularly Amalek:

for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amelek from under heaven;
so that they shall be no more a nation, and their name never mentioned, unless with disgrace and contempt. This was fulfilled partly by Saul, ( 1 Samuel 15:8 ) and more completely by David, ( 1 Samuel 30:17 ) ( 2 Samuel 1:1 ) ( 8:12 ) , and the finishing stroke the Jews give to Mordecai and Esther, as the Targum of Jerusalem on ( Exodus 17:6 ) .

Exodus 17:14 In-Context

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.
13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”
15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.
16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. Exodus 24:4; Exodus 34:27; Numbers 33:2; Deuteronomy 31:9; Job 19:23; Isaiah 30:8; Jeremiah 36:2; Jeremiah 45:1; Jeremiah 51:60
  • 2. Exodus 32:33; Deuteronomy 29:20; Job 18:17; Psalms 9:5; Psalms 34:16; Psalms 109:15; Ezekiel 18:4
  • 3. ver 13; S Genesis 36:12; Numbers 24:7; Judges 3:13; 1 Samuel 15:3; 1 Samuel 30:17-18; Psalms 83:7