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    What do you know about Hur in the Bible?


    Hur is considered to be a military hero in the Bible during the era of Moses.
    He became a hero by helping Moses raise his hand in prayer during the war between the Israelites and the amalekites.

    But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

    EXODUS 17:12 ESV

    Acts of heroism may come disguised as fairly simple gestures.
    While Joshua and his army wielded their swords and shields against the Amalekites, the true heroes that day observed the fight from the top of a nearby hill. The Bible records that Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed a hill in the vicinity of the conflict in order to watch Israel fight at Rephidim. With the battle raging below, Moses raised his hands in prayer to God. As long as Moses kept his hands raised, Israel secured the
    upper hand in the battle. But when Moses grew tired and lowered his hands, the Amalekites began to win the battle.

    Hur became a military hero that day by faithfully doing the simplest of tasks: helping Moses raise his tired arms. After finding a rock for Moses to sit on, Aaron stood on one side of Moses and Hur on the other.
    Together they held his arms up until the sun set. Because of Hur’s unpretentious contribution, the Israelites crushed the enemy army.
    In addition to his place in this story, Hur is also noted as serving as a leader to the people. When Moses went to Mount Sinai, he left Aaron and Hur behind as his representatives to handle disputes and conflicts that might arise while he was gone (Exodus 24:14).


    Hur was a man mentioned several times in the Bible, specifically in the Old Testament. He was a close friend and ally of Moses, and played a significant role in the history of the Israelites.

    Hur is first mentioned in the book of Exodus, where he is described as being the son of Caleb and the father of Uri. He is also referred to as one of the leaders of the tribe of Judah, along with his cousin Aaron.

    One of the most notable episodes involving Hur is when he and Aaron supported Moses during the construction of the Tabernacle. According to the Bible, Hur and Aaron held up Moses’ arms during the battle with the Amalekites, helping the Israelites to emerge victorious. This story can be found in Exodus 17:8-13.

    Hur is also mentioned in the book of 1 Chronicles, where it is noted that he was one of the men appointed by King David to oversee the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

    Hur was a faithful servant of God and played a crucial role in the history of the Israelites.
    He is a reminder of the importance of standing by one’s friends and allies, and of the power of faith and determination in overcoming adversity.


    Here are some Bible verses that mention Hur:

    Exodus 17:10-13 – “So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”

    1 Chronicles 2:19 – “When Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who bore him Hur.”

    1 Chronicles 2:50 – “These were the descendants of Caleb. The sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim.”

    1 Chronicles 4:1 – “The descendants of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur and Shobal.”

    1 Chronicles 11:44 – “Jehoiada the son of Benaiah and Joel the brother of Jehu were over the army. The sons of Hur were in charge of the civil affairs of the kingdom.”

    1 Chronicles 2:4 – “Tamara, one of Rahab’s daughters, was the mother of Boaz by Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed was the father of Jesse.”

    1 Chronicles 9:19 – “Shallum son of Kore, a descendant of Asaph, was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the town. Another Shallum, the son of Kore, was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the Temple.”

    1 Chronicles 23:21 – “The descendants of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, were Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim.”

    1 Chronicles 24:30 – “The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.”

    It is worth noting that some of these verses provide a brief mention of Hur, and do not offer much context or detail about his character or actions. If you are interested in learning more about Hur and his role in the Bible, it may be helpful to read the passages in their full context and to do additional research.

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