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Exodus 23:27

Context
NETBible

“I will send my terror 1  before you, and I will destroy 2  all the people whom you encounter; I will make all your enemies turn their backs 3  to you.

XREF

Ge 35:5; Ex 15:14-16; De 2:25; De 7:23; De 11:23,25; Jos 2:9-11; 1Sa 14:15; 2Ki 7:6; 2Ch 14:14; Ps 18:40

NET © Notes

tn The word for “terror” is אֵימָתִי (’emati); the word has the thought of “panic” or “dread.” God would make the nations panic as they heard of the exploits and knew the Israelites were drawing near. U. Cassuto thinks the reference to “hornets” in v. 28 may be a reference to this fear, an unreasoning dread, rather than to another insect invasion (Exodus, 308). Others suggest it is symbolic of an invading army or a country like Egypt or literal insects (see E. Neufeld, “Insects as Warfare Agents in the Ancient Near East,” Or 49 [1980]: 30-57).

tn Heb “kill.”

tn The text has “and I will give all your enemies to you [as] a back.” The verb of making takes two accusatives, the second being the adverbial accusative of product (see GKC 371-72 §117.ii, n. 1).



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