Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

Exodus 17 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles
Water from the Rock
(Num 20:1–13 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:1 -

The entire Israelite community left the Wilderness of Sin, moving from one place to the next according to the LORD’s command. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:2 -

So the people complained to Moses, “Give us water to drink.”

“Why are you complaining to me? ” Moses replied to them. “Why are you testing the LORD? ”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:3 -

But the people thirsted there for water and grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you ever bring us up from Egypt to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst? ”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:4 -

Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “What should I do with these people? In a little while they will stone me! ”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:5 -

The LORD answered Moses, “Go on ahead of the people and take some of the elders of Israel with you. Take the staff you struck the Nile with in your hand and go.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:6 -

“I am going to stand there in front of you on the rock at Horeb; when you hit the rock, water will come out of it and the people will drink.” Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:7 -

He named the place Massah[fn] and Meribah[fn] because the Israelites complained, and because they tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not? ”

The Amalekites Attack
(Gen 14:7; Num 13:29; 14:25 )
Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:8 -

At Rephidim, Amalek[fn] came and fought against Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:9 -

Moses said to Joshua, “Select some men for us and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:10 -

Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought against Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:11 -

While Moses held up his hand,[fn] Israel prevailed, but whenever he put his hand[fn] down, Amalek prevailed.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:12 -

When Moses’s hands grew heavy, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat down on it. Then Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other so that his hands remained steady until the sun went down.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:13 -

So Joshua defeated Amalek and his army[fn] with the sword.

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:14 -

The LORD then said to Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a reminder and recite it to Joshua: I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek under heaven.”

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:15 -

And Moses built an altar and named it, “The LORD Is My Banner.”[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxExo 17:16 -

He said, “Indeed, my hand is lifted up toward[fn] the LORD’s throne. The LORD will be at war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

CSB Footnotes
= Testing
= Quarreling
A seminomadic people descended from Amalek, a grandson of Esau; Gn 36:12
Sam, LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read hands
Sam, LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read hands
Or people
= Yahweh-nissi
Or hand was on, or hand was against ; Hb obscure

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan