Exodus 17

1All the people of Israel traveled together from the desert of Sin. They traveled from place to place as the Lord commanded. The people traveled to Rephidim and camped there. There was no water there for the people to drink. 2So the people turned against Moses and started arguing with him. The people said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why have you turned against me? Why are you testing the Lord? ˻Do you think the Lord is not with us?˼” 3But the people were very thirsty for water. So they continued complaining to Moses. The people said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Did you bring us out here so that we, our children, and our cattle will all die without water?” 4So Moses cried to the Lord, “What can I do with these people? They are ready to kill me.” 5The Lord said to Moses, “Go before the people of Israel. Take some of the elders ˻(leaders)˼ of the people with you. Carry your walking stick with you. This is the stick that you used when you hit the Nile River. 6I will stand before you on a rock at Horeb ˻(Mount Sinai)˼. Hit that rock with the walking stick and water will come out of it. Then the people can drink.” Moses did these things and the elders ˻(leaders)˼ of Israel saw it. 7Moses named that place Meribah and Massah, because this was the place that the people of Israel turned against him and tested the Lord. The people wanted to know if the Lord was with them or not. 8At Rephidim the Amalekite people came and fought against the people of Israel. 9So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some men and go and fight the Amalekites tomorrow. I will stand on the top of the hill and watch you. I will be holding the walking stick God gave me.” 10Joshua obeyed Moses and went to fight the Amalekite people the next day. At the same time, Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11Any time Moses held his hands in the air, the men of Israel would win the fight. But when Moses put his hands down, the men of Israel began to lose the fight. 12After some time, Moses’ arms became tired. ˻The men with Moses wanted to find a way to keep Moses’ hands in the air.˼ So they put a large rock under Moses for him to sit on. Then Aaron and Hur held Moses’ hands in the air. Aaron was on one side of Moses and Hur was on the other side. They held his hands up like this until the sun went down. 13So Joshua ˻and his men˼ defeated the Amalekites in this battle. 14Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write about this battle. Write these things in a book so people will remember what happened here. And be sure to tell Joshua that I will completely destroy the Amalekite people from the earth.” 15Then Moses built an altar. Moses named the altar, “The Lord is my flag.” 16Moses said, “I lifted my hands toward the Lord’s throne. So the Lord fought against the Amalekites, like he always has.”

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