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Amalekites


Am’alekites, a nomadic tribe of uncertain origin, which occupied the peninsula of Sinai and the wilderness intervening between the southern hill-ranges of Palestine and the border of Egypt. Num. 13:29; 1 Sam. 15:7; 27:8. Their wealth consisted in flocks and herds. Mention is made of a “town,” 1 Sam. 15:5, but their towns could have been little more than stations or nomadic enclosures. The Amalekites first came in contact with the Israelites at Rephidim, but were signally defeated. Ex. 17:8-16. In union with the Canaanites they again attacked the Israelites on the borders of Palestine, and defeated them near Hormah. Num. 14:45. Saul undertook an expedition against them. 1 Sam. 14:48. Their power was thenceforth broken, and they degenerated into a horde of banditti. Their destruction was completed by David. 1 Sam. 30:1-17.