Amalekite
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Easton's Bible Dictionary
A tribe that dwelt in Arabia Petraea, between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. They were not the descendants of Amalek, the son of Eliphaz, for they existed in the days of Abraham (Genesis 14:7). They were probably a tribe that migrated from the shores of the Persian Gulf and settled in Arabia. "They dwelt in the land of the south...from Havilah until thou comest to Shur" (Numbers 13:29; 1 Samuel 15:7). They were a pastoral, and hence a nomadic race. Their kings bore the hereditary name of Agag (Numbers 24:7; 1 Samuel 15:8). They attempted to stop the Israelites when they marched through their territory (Deuteronomy 25:18), attacking them at Rephidim (Exodus 17:8-13; Comp. Deuteronomy 25:17; 1 Samuel 15:2). They afterwards attacked the Israelites at Hormah (Numbers 14:45). We read of them subsequently as in league with the Moabites (Judges 3:13) and the Midianites (Judges 6:3). Saul finally desolated their territory and destroyed their power (1 Samuel 14:48; 15:3), and David recovered booty from them (1 Samuel 30:18-20). In the Babylonian inscriptions they are called Sute, in those of Egypt Sittiu, and the Amarna tablets include them under the general name of Khabbati, or "plunderers."
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AMALEK; AMALEKITE

am'-a-lek, a-mal'-e-kit, am'-a-lek-it (`amaleq, `amaleqi): A tribe dwelling originally in the region south of Judah, the wilderness of et-Tih where the Israelites came into conflict with them. They were nomads as a people dwelling in that tract would naturally be. When they joined the Midianites to invade Israel they came "with their cattle and their tents" (Judges 6:3-5). They are not to be identified with the descendants of Esau (Genesis 36:12, 16) because they are mentioned earlier, in the account of the invasion of Chedorlaomer (Genesis 14:7) and in Balaam's prophecy (Numbers 24:20) Amalek is called "the first of the nations," which seems to refer to an early existence. We are uncertain of their origin, for they do not appear in the list of nations found in Genesis 10. They do not seem to have had any relationship with the tribes of Israel, save as, we may surmise, some of the descendants of Esau were incorporated into the tribe. It is probable that they were of Semitic stock though we have no proof of it.

The first contact with Israel was at Rephidim, in the wilderness of Sinai, where they made an unprovoked attack and were defeated after a desperate conflict (Exodus 17:8-13 Deuteronomy 25:17, 18). On account of this they were placed under the ban and Israel was commanded to exterminate them (Deuteronomy 25:19 1 Samuel 15:2, 3). The next encounter of the two peoples was when the Israelites attempted to enter Canaan from the west of the Dead Sea. The spies had reported that the Amalekites were to be found in the south, in connection with the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites (Numbers 13:29). The Israelites at first refused to advance, but later determined to do so contrary to the will of God and the command of Moses. They were met by Amalek and the Canaanites and completely defeated (Numbers 14:39-45). Amalek is next found among the allies of Moab in their attack upon Israel in the days of Eglon (Judges 3:13). They were also associated with the Midianites in their raids upon Israel (Judges 6:3), and they seemed to have gained a foothold in Ephraim, or at least a branch of them, in the hill country (Judges 5:14; Judges 12:15), but it is evident that the great body of them still remained in their old habitat, for when Saul made war upon them he drove them toward Shur in the wilderness toward Egypt (1 Samuel 15:1-9). David also found them in the same region (1 Samuel 27:8; 1 Samuel 30:1). After this they seem to have declined, and we find, in the days of Hezekiah, only a remnant of them who were smitten by the Simeonites at Mount Seir (1 Chronicles 4:41-43). They are once mentioned in Psalms in connection with other inveterate enemies of Israel (Psalm 83:7). The hatred Inspired by the Amalekites is reflected in the passages already mentioned which required their utter destruction. Their attack upon them when they were just escaped from Egypt and while they were struggling through the wilderness made a deep impression upon the Israelites which they never forgot, and the wrath of David upon the messenger who brought him news of the death of Saul and Jonathan, declaring himself to be the slayer of Saul, was no doubt accentuated by his being an Amalekite (2 Samuel 1:1-16).

H. Porter

Strong's Hebrew
6003. Amaleqi -- descendant of Amalek
... Amalekites. Word Origin from Amaleq Definition desc. of Amalek NASB Word Usage
Amalekite (3), Amalekites (9). Amalekites. Patronymically ...
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Library

The Promised Land
... One sunset, shortly after his marriage, word came to the tent of Kenkenes that an
Amalekite chieftain on his way to Egypt had paused for the night just without ...
//christianbookshelf.org/miller/the yoke/chapter xlvii the promised land.htm

The History of David
... thou? And I said I am an Amalekite, and then he said: Stand upon me and slay
me, for I am full of anguish, and yet my soul is in me. ...
/.../wells/bible stories and religious classics/the history of david.htm

At the Front or the Base
... They picked up a sick slave, whom his Amalekite master had heartlessly abandoned
to die on the 'veldt.' He was almost dead, so they fed him, and when he was ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/at the front or the.htm

Balaam's Prophecy. (Numb. xxiv. 17-19. )
... Agag, ie, the fiery one, is not a proper name, but a surname of all Amalekite
kings. The Amalekite kingdom"which here represents ...
/.../christology of the old testament/balaams prophecy numb xxiv 17-19.htm

Samuel
... two accounts of the death of Saul: according to the one, he committed suicide (1
Samuel 31:4), according to the other he was slain by an Amalekite (2 Samuel 1 ...
//christianbookshelf.org/mcfadyen/introduction to the old testament/samuel.htm

"Nunc Dimittis"
... The Amalekite of old had a servant who was an Egyptian, and when he fell sick he
left him, and he would have perished if David had not had compassion on him ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 17 1871/nunc dimittis.htm

The First Kings.
... of the war put it fully in the king's power to fulfil his commission; but he retained
the best of the cattle as booty, and brought back the Amalekite king Agag ...
/.../headley/half hours in bible lands volume 2/the first kings.htm

Canaan
... Here they lived among the Amalekite Bedawin down to the days of Saul. ... The
Amalekite of the Old Testament is the Bedawi of to-day. ...
/.../sayce/early israel and the surrounding nations/chapter ii canaan.htm

The Israelites
... and the Keturites had made themselves a home in Arabia, Edom had possessed itself
of the mountain-fastnesses of the Horite and the Amalekite, long before the ...
/.../sayce/early israel and the surrounding nations/chapter i the israelites.htm

The King.
... He first flames out in fierce wrath upon the lying Amalekite, who had hurried with
the tidings and sought favour by falsely representing that he had killed the ...
//christianbookshelf.org/maclaren/the life of david/ix the king.htm

Thesaurus
Amalekite (12 Occurrences)
... plunderers.". Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. AMALEK; AMALEKITE. am ... 16). H. Porter.
Multi-Version Concordance Amalekite (12 Occurrences). Genesis ...
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Amal'ekite (3 Occurrences)
Amal'ekite. Amalekite, Amal'ekite. Amalekites . ... (See RSV). 2 Samuel 1:8 And
he said unto me: Who art thou? And I answered him: I am an Amalekite. (See RSV). ...
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Amal'ekites (24 Occurrences)
... Numbers 14:25 Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the Vale; tomorrow turn
ye, and get you into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.' (See RSV). ...
/a/amal'ekites.htm - 13k

Amalek (35 Occurrences)
... Esau. He was one of the chiefs (the King James Version dukes) of Edom (Genesis
36:12, 16). See AMALEKITE. AMALEK; AMALEKITE. am'-a ...
/a/amalek.htm - 22k

Canaanite (74 Occurrences)
... Numbers 14:25 Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the valley: tomorrow
turn, and go into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea." (WEB KJV JPS ASV ...
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Am'alek (21 Occurrences)
Am'alek. Amalek, Am'alek. Amalekite . ... Psalms 83:7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; (See RSV). Amalek, Am'alek. Amalekite...
/a/am'alek.htm - 11k

Smite (230 Occurrences)
... Genesis 14:7 and they turn back and come in unto En-Mishpat, which 'is' Kadesh,
and smite the whole field of the Amalekite, and also the Amorite who is ...
/s/smite.htm - 39k

Dwelling (340 Occurrences)
... Genesis 14:7 and they turn back and come in unto En-Mishpat, which 'is' Kadesh,
and smite the whole field of the Amalekite, and also the Amorite who is ...
/d/dwelling.htm - 36k

Whence (84 Occurrences)
... and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite;
and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. ...
/w/whence.htm - 32k

Youth (169 Occurrences)
... and whence 'art' thou?' And he saith, 'An Egyptian youth I 'am', servant to a man,
an Amalekite, and my lord forsaketh me, for I have been sick three days, (YLT ...
/y/youth.htm - 37k

Concordance
Amalekite (12 Occurrences)

Genesis 14:7
They returned, and came to En Mishpat (the same is Kadesh), and struck all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that lived in Hazazon Tamar.
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Exodus 17:13
And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
(See NIV)

Numbers 14:25
Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the valley: tomorrow turn, and go into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Numbers 14:43
For there the Amalekite and the Canaanite are before you, and you shall fall by the sword: because you are turned back from following Yahweh, therefore Yahweh will not be with you."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Numbers 14:45
Then the Amalekite came down, and the Canaanite who lived in that mountain, and struck them and beat them down, even to Hormah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

Judges 12:15
Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died, and was buried in Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Samuel 15:18
and Yahweh sent you on a journey, and said,'Go, and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.'
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Samuel 27:8
David and his men went up, and made a raid on the Geshurites, and the Girzites, and the Amalekites; for those nations were the inhabitants of the land, who were of old, as you go to Shur, even to the land of Egypt.
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

1 Samuel 30:13
David asked him, "To whom do you belong? Where are you from?" He said, "I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days ago I fell sick.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 1:1
It happened after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 1:8
He said to me,'Who are you?' I answered him,'I am an Amalekite.'
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

2 Samuel 1:13
David said to the young man who told him, "Where are you from?" He answered, "I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)

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Amalekite

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Amal'ekites (24 Occurrences)

Amalek (35 Occurrences)

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Am'alek (21 Occurrences)

Smite (230 Occurrences)

Dwelling (340 Occurrences)

Whence (84 Occurrences)

Youth (169 Occurrences)

Valleys (38 Occurrences)

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Merchandise (34 Occurrences)

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Agag (6 Occurrences)

Agagite (5 Occurrences)

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Agone (1 Occurrence)

Hormah (9 Occurrences)

Inasmuch (42 Occurrences)

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To-morrow (52 Occurrences)

Forasmuch (64 Occurrences)

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Vale (20 Occurrences)

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Foreigner (99 Occurrences)

Report (127 Occurrences)

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Belong (127 Occurrences)

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Dwell (474 Occurrences)

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Desert (322 Occurrences)

Valley (187 Occurrences)

Stranger (152 Occurrences)

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Red (124 Occurrences)

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