Vehicles of various types with two wheels (commonly of four, six, or eight spokes), normally drawn by two horses. As military equipment the chariot was used by the Canaanites against the Israelites (Josh 17:16
; Judg 1:19
), where “chariots of iron” probably refers to metal [bronze?] plates that were used to reinforce the wood chariot bodies; (Judg 4:3
, Judg 4:13
; Josh 11:4-9
). Similarly, the Philistines employed chariots against the Israelites in the time of Samuel and Saul (1Sam 13:5
). They were not used by the Israelites until the time of David, in his successful campaigns against the Philistines (2Sam 8:4
; 1Chr 18:4
); thereafter they were greatly used under Solomon (1Kgs 4:26
; 1Kgs 9:19
; 1Kgs 10:26
; 1Kgs 10:29
). In addition to their use in warfare, chariots were a symbol of power as the vehicle of kings and their court (Gen 41:43
; 2Sam 15:1
; 1Kgs 1:5
). The chariot of the Ethiopian whom Philip addressed (Acts 8:26-38
) was a sign of his rank as the queen’s minister.
16The tribe of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us; yet all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots of iron, both those in Beth-shean ... View more
19The Lord was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain, because they had chariots of iron.
3Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly twenty years.
13Sisera called out all his chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the troops who were with him, from Harosheth-ha-goiim to the Wadi Kishon.
4They came out, with all their troops, a great army, in number like the sand on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots.5All these kings joined their f ... View more
5The Philistines mustered to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and troops like the sand on the seashore in multitude; they ... View more
4David took from him one thousand seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left enough for a hundr ... View more
4David took from him one thousand chariots, seven thousand cavalry, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left one hund ... View more
26Solomon also had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
19as well as all of Solomon's storage cities, the cities for his chariots, the cities for his cavalry, and whatever Solomon desired to build, in Jerusalem, in L ... View more
26Solomon gathered together chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he stationed in the chariot cities and with ... View more
29A chariot could be imported from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for one hundred fifty; so through the king's traders they were exported ... View more
43He had him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command; and they cried out in front of him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Absalom Usurps the Throne
1After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run ahead of him.
5Now Adonijah son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
26Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ... View more