The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 17:1
And all the congregation of the children of Israel
journeyed from the wilderness of Sin…
Where they had
stayed some time, at least a week, as it should seem, from the
gathering the manna there six days, and resting on the seventh:
after their journeys:
first from the wilderness of Sin to Dophkah, and
from Dophkah to Alusb, and from Alush to Rephidim, as appears from
(Numbers 33:12-14) their two stations at Dophkah and Alush are here
omitted, nothing very remarkable or of any moment happening at either
according to the commandment;
or "mouth of the Lord" F4, who, either
with an articulate voice out of the cloud, ordered when they should
march, and where they should encamp; or else this was signified by the
motion or rest of the pillar of cloud or fire, which always went before
them, in which the Lord was:
and pitched in Rephidim;
which was a place on the western side of Mount
Sinai: according to Bunting F5, Dophkah was twelve miles from the
wilderness of Sin, and Alush twelve miles from Dophkah, and Rephidim eight
miles from Alush: and Jerom says F6, according to the propriety of the
Syriac language, it signifies a remission of hands: and to which the
Targum of Jonathan seems to have respect, adding,
``the place where their hands ceased from the precepts of the
law, wherefore the fountains were dried up;''
and it follows:
and there was no water for the people to drink;
being a sandy desert
F4 (yp le) "super ore", Montanus, "ad os", Vatablus.
F5 Travels, p. 82.
F6 Epist. ad Fabiolam de 42 mansion. tom. 3. fol. 15. B.