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Chariot

A vehicle, generally used for purposes of war (Ex. 14:7; Josh. 17:18; Judg. 1:19; 4:3; 1 Sam. 13:5). Up to the time of David the Israelites had few chariots (1 Sam. 8:11–12); in later times a regular force was maintained (2 Sam. 8:4; 1 Kgs. 10:26). The armies that fought against Israel also had chariots, such as the Syrians (2 Sam. 8:4; 2 Kgs. 8:21), the Assyrians (2 Kgs. 19:23), and the Persians (Isa. 22:6–7). The Israelite fighting chariot was probably after the Egyptian model, the plan of which is known from Egyptian paintings and reliefs still in existence.