also known as: hamstring
Hebrew: תְּעַקֵּ֔ר —meaning: to hamstring; an animal that has been thus cut is called hamstrung
Israel’s kings were prohibited from trying to build up large stables of chariot horses. Rather than keeping, selling, or killing enemy horses, twice Scripture mentions that Israel’s leaders crippled them instead.
God specifically told Joshua to do this once.
“Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow at this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel; you shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariot with fire.’” —Joshua 11:6 NASB
“Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place.
Let not my soul enter their council;
Let not my honor be united to their assembly;
For in their anger they slew a man,
And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox.
Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
And their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob
And scatter them in Israel. —Gen. 49:5-7 NKJV
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