New Living Translation
While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them.
King James Bible
Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
Darby Bible Translation
And Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
World English Bible
Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
Young's Literal Translation
And Amalek cometh, and fighteth with Israel in Rephidim,
Exodus 17:8 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
17:8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel - The Amalekites were the posterity of Esau, who hated Jacob because of the birth - right and blessing. They did not boldly front them as a generous enemy, but without any provocation given, basely fell upon their rear, and smote them that were faint and feeble.
'These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: St. John Chaps. XV to XXI
Appendix ii. Philo of Alexandria and Rabbinic Theology.
The Reaction against Egypt
Timna, the concubine of Esau's son Eliphaz, gave birth to a son named Amalek. These are the descendants of Esau's wife Adah.
At the LORD's command, the whole community of Israel left the wilderness of Sin and moved from place to place. Eventually they camped at Rephidim, but there was no water there for the people to drink.
Then Balaam looked over toward the people of Amalek and delivered this message: "Amalek was the greatest of nations, but its destiny is destruction!"
"Never forget what the Amalekites did to you as you came from Egypt.
1 Samuel 15:2
This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt.
1 Samuel 27:8
David and his men spent their time raiding the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites--people who had lived near Shur, toward the land of Egypt, since ancient times.
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