Exodus 17:11

“And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe when Moses held vp his hand, that Israel preuailed: and when he let downe his hand, Amalek preuailed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now while Moses' hand was lifted up, Israel was the stronger: but when he let his hand go down, Amalek became the stronger.
- Basic English Bible

And it came to pass when Moses raised his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
- Webster's Bible

It happened, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
- World English Bible

and it hath come to pass, when Moses lifteth up his hand, that Israel hath been mighty, and when he letteth his hands rest, that Amalek hath been mighty.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 17:11


17:11 And when Moses held vp his hand in prayer (so the Chaldee explains it) Israel prevailed, but when he let down his hand from prayer, Amalek prevailed - To convince Israel that the hand of Moses (with whom they had just now been chiding) contributed more to their safety than their own hands; the success rises and falls, as Moses lifts up or lets down his hand. The church's cause is ordinarily more or less successful, according as the church's friends are more or less fervent in prayer.


Discussion for Exodus 17:11

  • Surrender yourself to the Father. Reach up to Him in complete faith and He will show you His Divine Power! When we stop surrendering ourselves to Him, we loose our advantage, and strength.

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