Exodus 17:15-16

15 Moses built an 1altar and named * it 2The LORD is My Banner;
16 and he said, "3The LORD has sworn * *; the LORD will have war against Amalek 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 overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven."
15 Moses built an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner;
16 and he said, "The LORD has sworn ; the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation."

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Cross References 3

  • 1. Exodus 24:4
  • 2. Genesis 22:14; Judges 6:24
  • 3. Genesis 22:16

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "Because a hand is against the throne of the LORD";" lit "Because a hand upon the throne of YAH
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