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When the Israelites entered Canaan under Joshua, they were successful in conquering the hill country, but had difficulty in conquering the plains. The reason for this was that the local Canaanites were well equipped with chariots (Joshua 11:4; Joshua 17:16; Judges 1:19; Judges 4:13; 1 Samuel 13:5).

The use of chariots did not become common in Israel till the time of David, when Israel conquered many of the peoples of the plains and seized their chariots (2 Samuel 8:3-4; 2 Samuel 15:1). During the reign of Solomon, Israel’s chariot forces were expanded considerably, and from his time on they were an important part of Israel’s army (1 Kings 4:26; 1 Kings 9:22; 1 Kings 10:26; 1 Kings 20:21; 1 Kings 22:35; 2 Kings 8:21; 2 Kings 9:21; 2 Kings 10:2; 2 Kings 13:7). The armies of other nations likewise relied heavily on chariots (1 Kings 22:31; 2 Kings 6:11-14; 2 Kings 18:24; 2 Kings 19:23; see also WAR).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Chariot'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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