EXODUS 17:12

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“But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”

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Exodus 17:12 Translation & Meaning

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But Moses' מֹשֶׁה֙ Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver Moses
hands וִידֵ֤י A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hands
were (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
heavy; כְּבֵדִ֔ים Heavy; figuratively in a good sense (numerous) or in a bad sense (severe, difficult, stupid) heavy
and they took וַיִּקְחוּ To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
a stone, אֶ֛בֶן A stone stone
and put וַיָּשִׂ֥ימוּ To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) put
it (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
under תַחְתָּ֖יו The bottom (as depressed); only adverbially, below (often with prepositional prefix underneath), in lieu of, etc under
him, and he sat וַיֵּ֣שֶׁב Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry sat
thereon; עָלֶ֑יהָ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications thereon
and Aaron וְאַֽהֲרֹ֨ן Aharon, the brother of Moses Aaron
and Hur וְח֜וּר Chur, the name of four Israelites and one Midianite Hur
stayed up תָּֽמְכ֣וּ To sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to help, follow close stayed up
his hands, בְיָדָ֗יו A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hands
the one אֶחָד֙ Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first one
on the one side, מִזֶּ֤ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that one side
and the other אֶחָ֔ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first other
on the other side; וּמִזֶּ֣ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that other side
and his hands יָדָ֛יו A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hands
were וַיְהִ֥י To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) were
steady אֱמוּנָ֖ה Literally firmness; figuratively security; morally fidelity steady
until עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) until
the going down בֹּ֥א To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) going down
of the sun. הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ׃ The sun; by implication, the east; figuratively, a ray, i.e., (architectural) a notched battlement sun

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  • 10  So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

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

  • 12  But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

  • 13  And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

  • 14  And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.




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