The bow was in use in early times both in war and in the chase (Genesis 21:20; 27:3; 48:22).
FAMOUS BOWMEN—The tribe of Benjamin were famous for the use of the bow (1 Chronicles 8:40; 12:2; 2 Chronicles 14:8; 17:17); so also were the Elamites (Isaiah 22:6) and the Lydians (Jeremiah 46:9).
BENDING—The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means properly to tread (1 Chronicles 5:18; 8:40), and hence it is concluded that the foot was employed in bending the bow.
METAL—Bows of steel (correctly “copper”) are mentioned (2 Samuel 22:35; Psalms 18:34).
ARROWS were carried in a quiver (Genesis 27:3; Isaiah 22:6; 49:2; Psalms 127:5).
FIERY ARROWS—They were apparently sometimes shot with some burning material attached to them (Psalms 120:4).
SYMBOLISM—The bow is a symbol of victory (Psalms 7:12). It denotes also falsehood, deceit (Psalms 64:3-4; Hos. 7:16; Jeremiah 9:3).
“The use of the bow” in 2 Samuel 1:18 (Authorized Version) ought to be “the song of the bow,” as in the Revised Version.