Horses in the Bible
Hebrew: סוּס —transliteration: cuwc
God: “Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrible.
He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
And he does not turn back from the sword.
The quiver rattles against him,
The flashing spear and javelin.
With shaking and rage he races over the ground,
And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’
And he scents the battle from afar,
And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.” —Job 39:19-25 NASB
“Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’” —Deuteronomy 17:16 NASB
David would likely require 100-200 or more horses for those chariots (1 to 2 horses per chariot, and perhaps some reserve horses to deal with fatigue and injury). The rest of the war horses he could have killed or perhaps sold. Rather, he took them out of play by crippling them, thus sparing their lives and making them permanently useless for battle, both to the Israelites and their enemies.
King Solomon proceeded much more boldly against God’s prohibition against collecting war horses. Using his skillful connections with Egypt, Solomon greatly multiplied his number of horses (1 Kings 4:26; 10:26, 29) and built great stables. Solomon clearly broke God’s command in every way.
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