Anakim and Avvim remained active within the Philistine confederacy in the cities of Gath, Ashod, the Hazerim, and Gaza city. Further, hybrid humans taller than humans but smaller than Rephaim dwelled among the various giants throughout the Covenant Land. All were dumbfounded as to what had just happened to the Egyptian empire. They sent ambassadors with frenetic messages among each other, discussing plots to destroy the Israelites. The demagogue who stirred the nations was the Amalekite Agag king:
“Those that induced the rest to do so, were such as inhabited Gobolitis and Petra. They were called Amalekites, and were the most warlike of the nations that lived thereabout; and whose kings exhorted one another, and their neighbors, to go to this war against the Hebrews; telling them that an army of strangers, and such a one as had run away from slavery under the Egyptians, lay in wait to ruin them; which army they were not, in common prudence and regard to their own safety, to overlook, but to crush them before they gather strength, and come to be in prosperity: and perhaps attack them first in a hostile manner.”
The Amalekite/Edomite blood oath to wipe Israel from the face of the earth evolved into a transgenerational harem anathema, to carry the oath out to the end no matter the consequences… This ancient conspiracy to wipe Israel from the face of the earth, to be remembered nor more, was dutifully recorded in the Psalms as “taken crafty counsel against thy people” by Edom, Amalek, Ishmaelites, Hagarenes, Moabites, Ammonites, and Midianites. All were nations that had claims to the blessings, birthright, and messianic promise beginning with Abraham if Israel was no more. Conspiracy/Qesher is defined by Strong’s Dictionary as the unlawful alliance or confederacy, and as treason.
Accordingly, Israel’s first battle was waged against the Amalekites before Israel sent scouts into the Covenant Land, when Israel was still a ragtag group of refugee slaves untrained in war.