14:9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. 1 Their protection 2 has turned aside from them, but the Lord is with us. Do not fear them!”
14:45 So the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country swooped 3 down and attacked them 4 as far as Hormah. 5
1 sn The expression must indicate that they could destroy the enemies as easily as they could eat bread.
2 tn Heb “their shade.” The figure compares the shade from the sun with the protection from the enemy. It is also possible that the text is alluding to their deities here.
3 tn Heb “came down.”
4 tn The verb used here means “crush by beating,” or “pounded” them. The Greek text used “cut them in pieces.”
5 tn The name “Hormah” means “destruction”; it is from the word that means “ban, devote” for either destruction or temple use.