Exodus 17:15-16

15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.
16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against[a] the throne of the LORD,[b] the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

Exodus 17:15-16 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EXODUS 17

The children of Israel coming to Rephidim, want water, and chide with Moses about it, who, crying to the Lord, is bid to smite the rock, from whence came water for them, and he named the place from their contention with him, Ex 17:1-7 at this place Amalek came and fought with Israel, who, through the prayer of Moses, signified by the holding up of his hands, and by the sword of Joshua, was vanquished, Ex 17:8-13, for the remembrance of which it was ordered to be recorded in a book, and an altar was built with this inscription on it, "Jehovahnissi": it being the will of God that Amalek should be fought with in every generation until utterly destroyed, Ex 17:14-16.

Exodus 17:15-16 In-Context

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.”

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Cross References 4

  • 1. S Genesis 8:20
  • 2. S Genesis 22:14
  • 3. Numbers 24:7; 1 Samuel 15:8,32; 1 Chronicles 4:43; Esther 3:1; Esther 8:3; Esther 9:24
  • 4. Esther 9:5

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or "to"
  • [b]. The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
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