Exodus 17
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God Provides Water from a Rock

(Numbers 20:1-13)

1The whole congregation of the Israelis set out from the deserta of Sin, traveling from place to place according to the commandb of the LORD. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.

2The people quarreled with Moses: “Give us water to drink.”

Moses told them, “Why are you quarreling with me? Why are you testing the LORD?”

3But the people were thirsty there for water, so theyc complained against Moses: “Why did you bring us up from Egypt to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”

4So Moses cried out to the LORD: “What am I to do with these people? Just a little more and they’ll stone me.”

5Then the LORD told Moses, “Go over in front of the people and take some of the elders of Israel with you. Take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6I’ll be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. You are to strike the rock and water will come out of it, so the people can drink.” Moses did this in front of the elders of Israel.

7He named the place Massahd and Meribah,e because the Israelis quarreled and tested the LORD by saying: “Is the LORD really among us or not?”

The Amalekites Fight the Israelis

8After this, the Amalekites came and fought with the Israelis at Rephidim. 9Moses told Joshua, “Choose some men for us and go out to fight against the Amalekites. Tomorrow I’ll stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10So Joshua did as Moses told him and fought against the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11Whenever Moses raised his hand, the Israelis prevailed, but when his hand remained at his side,f then the Amalekites prevailed. 12When Moses’ hands became heavy, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, and so his hands were steady until the sun went down. 13Joshua defeatedg Amalek and his army using swords.

14Then the LORD told Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it toh Joshua: ‘I’ll certainly wipe out the memory of the Amalekites from under heaven.’” 15Moses built an altar and named it “The LORD is My Banner.” 16“Because,” he said, “a fist has been raised in defiancei against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will wage war against Amalek from generation to generation.”

a 17:1 Or wilderness
b 17:1 Lit. mouth
c 17:3 Lit. the people
d 17:7 The Heb. name Massah means Testing
e 17:7 The Heb. name Meribah means Quarreling
f 17:11 Lit. rested
g 17:13 Or weakened
h 17:14 Lit. put it in the ear of
i 17:16 The Heb. lacks in defiance

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