YHWH Is My Banner / YHWH Is My Refuge
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Pronounced Yä-wá' (or Yod-Há-Väv-Há') Nee-see', the compound name "YHWH-Nissi" appears in the Old Testament only once in Exodus 17:15 "Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Yahweh our Banner [YHWH-Nissi]." Moses had built the altar to memorialize that YHWH was Israel's banner under which they had defeated the Amalekites.
The noun "nissi" derives from the Hebrew "nês", which means "banner" or "flee for refuge". "Nês" is also sometimes translated as "standard", a pole with an insignia attached. In battle, opposing nations would fly their own standard at each of their respective front lines to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a point of focus.
Combined with God's personal name, "YHWH", the name becomes "YHWH Is My Banner" or "YHWH Is My Refuge". This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point.
In addition to the single employment of the compound name in Exodus 17:15, the single word "nissi", meaning "banner", appears in...