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September 19    Scripture

Bible Animals: Horse
Horse in the ancient World.

Horses in the Bible. Only mentioned in connexion with war or the chase, and then only in the great plains, as hilly regions were not suitable for cavalry. See also under Dromedary. - Animal Life in the Scriptures

Ancient Horse. IN ancient times, in the East, the horse was but little used for travel, but was reserved for warlike operations. In the Bible the horse is mentioned exclusively in its military aspect. In no instance is that useful animal employed for the purposes of ordinary locomotion or agriculture, if we except Isaiah xxviii. 28, where we learn that horses (or " horsemen," as the A. V. has it) were employed in threshing, not, however, in that case, put in the gears, but simply driven about wildly over the strewed grain. The thirty-ninth chapter of the Book of Job (19-25) contains the finest description of a war-horse ever written. Two descriptions of horses were used in war - one of a very heavy build, for driving in the chariots, the other for riding, and especially for cavalry service. The horse was first introduced into the military service of the Israelites by David, who established a cavalry force. Solomon also established a very active trade in horses, which were brought by dealers out of Egypt, and resold, at a profit, to the Hittites, who lived between Israel and the Euphrates. (1 Kings x. 28, 29.) The Assyrian cavalry was regarded as the most efficient and formidable in the East, and is frequently mentioned by the prophets. - Animals, Birds, Insects, And Reptiles Of The Bible


Horse in Easton's Bible Dictionary always referred to in the Bible in connection with warlike operations, except Isa. 28:28. The war-horse is described Job 39:19-25. For a long period after their settlement in Canaan the Israelites made no use of horses, according to the prohibition, Deut. 17:16. David was the first to form a force of cavalry (2 Sam. 8:4). But Solomon, from his connection with Egypt, greatly multiplied their number (1 Kings 4:26; 10:26, 29). After this, horses were freely used in Israel (1 Kings 22:4; 2 Kings 3:7; 9:21, 33; 11:16). The furniture of the horse consisted simply of a bridle (Isa. 30:28) and a curb (Ps. 32:9).
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Horse in Fausset's Bible Dictionary In Scripture used for war-like purposes, not agriculture (except in treading out grain for threshing, Isaiah 28:28, where for "horsemen" translated "horses".) Job's magnificent description refers to the war horse (Isaiah 39:19-25), "hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?" i.e. with the power of inspiring terror. Rather "with majesty" (Umbreit), "with quivering mane" (Maurer). The Greek connection between mane (fobee) and terror (fobos) favors A.V. which is more poetic. "Canst thou make him afraid (rather 'make him spring') as a grasshopper?" So in Joel 2:4 war horses are compared to locusts. Their heads are so like that the Italian for "locust" is cavaletta, "little horse." "The glory of his nostrils is terrible: he paweth in the valley and rejoiceth in strength, he goeth on," etc.; "he swalloweth the ground with fierceness," i.e. draws it in fierce impatience toward him with his hoof, as if he would "swallow" it...
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Horse in Naves Topical Bible -Description of Great strength Job 39:19-25 Swifter than eagles Jer 4:13 Snorting and neighing of Isa 5:28; Jer 8:16 A vain thing for safety Ps 33:17; Pr 21:31 -Used by the Egyptians in war Ex 14:9; 15:19 -Used by the Israelites 1Ki 22:4 -Used for cavalry 2Ki 18:23; Jer 47:3; 51:21 -Egypt famous for Isa 31:1 -Forbidden to the kings of Israel De 17:16 -Hamstrung by Joshua Jos 11:6,9 David 2Sa 8:4 -Israel reproved for keeping Isa 2:7; 31:1; Eze 17:15; Ho 14:3 -Exported From Egypt 1Ki 10:28,29; 2Ch 9:25,28 From Babylon Ezr 2:66; Ne 7:68 -Bits for Jas 3:3 -Bells for Zec 14:20 -Harness for Jer 46:4 -Color of Zec 1:8 -Commerce in Re 18:13 -See EXPORTED, above -Dedicated to religious uses 2Ki 23:11 -SYMBOLICAL Zec 1:8; Re 6:2-8; 9:17; 19:11-21
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Horse in Smiths Bible Dictionary The most striking feature in the biblical notices of the horse is the exclusive application of it to warlike operations; in no instance is that useful animal employed for the purposes of ordinary locomotion or agriculture, if we except Isa 28:28 The animated description of the horse in Job 39:19-25 applies solely to the war-horse. The Hebrews in the patriarchal age, as a pastoral race, did not stand in need of the services Of the horse, and for a long period after their settlement in Canaan they dispensed with it, partly in consequence of the hilly nature of the country, which only admitted of the use of chariots in certain localities, Jud 1:19 and partly in consequence to the prohibition in De 17:16 which would be held to apply at all periods. David first established a force of cavalry and chariots, 2Sa 8:4 but the great supply of horses was subsequently effected by Solomon through his connection with Egypt. 1Ki 4:26 Solomon also established a very active trade in horses, which were brought by dealers out of Egypt and resold, at a profit, to the Hittites. With regard to the trappings and management of the horse we have little information. The bridle was placed over the horse's nose, Isa 30:28 and a bit or curb is also mentioned. 2Ki 19:28; Ps 32:9; Pr 26:3; Isa 37:29 In the Authorized Version it is incorrectly given "bridle," with the exception of Ps 32:1 ... Saddles were not used until a late period. The horses were not shod, and therefore hoofs are hard "as flint," Isa 5:28 were regarded as a great merit. The chariot-horses were covered with embroidered trappings Eze 27:20 Horses and chariots were used also in idolatrous processions, as noticed in regard to the sun. 2Ki 23:11
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Horse in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE hors: 1. Names: The common names are (1) cuc, and (2) hippos. (3) The word parash, "horseman," occurs often, and in several cases is translated "horse" or "warhorse" (Isa 28:28; Ezek 27:14; Joel 2:4 the Revised Version, margin); also in 2 Sam 16, where the "horsemen" of English Versions of the Bible is ba`ale ha-parashim, "owners of horses"; compare Arabic faris, "horseman," and faras, "horse". (4) The feminine form cucah, occurs in Song 1:9, and is rendered as follows: Septuagint he hippos; Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) equitatum; the King James Version "company of horses," the Revised Version (British and American) "steed." It is not clear why English Versions of the Bible does not have "mare." (5) The word 'abbirim, "strong ones," is used for horses in Jdg 5:22; Jer 8:16; 47:3; 50:11 (the King James Version "bulls"). In Ps 22:12 the same word is translated "strong bulls" (of Bashan). (6) For [~rekhesh (compare Arabic rakad, "to run"), in 1 Ki 4:28; Est 8:10,14; Mic 1:13, the Revised Version (British and American) has "swift steeds," while the King James Version gives "dromedaries" in 1 Ki and "mules" in Est. (7) For kirkaroth (Isa 66:20), the King James Version and the English Revised Version have "swift beasts"; the English Revised Version margin and the American Standard Revised Version "dromedaries"; Septuagint skiddia, perhaps "covered carriages." In Est 8:10,14 we find the doubtful words (8) 'achashteranim, and (9) bene ha- rammakim, which have been variously translated. the King James Version has respectively "camels" and "young dromedaries," the Revised Version (British and American) "used in the king's service" and "bred of the stud," the Revised Version margin "mules" and "young dromedaries."...
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Horse in Wikipedia Horse. The horse is never mentioned in Scripture in connection with the patriarchs; the first time the Bible speaks of it, it is in reference to the Egyptian army pursuing the Hebrews, During the epoch of the conquest and of Judges, we hear of horses only with the Chanaanean troops, and later on with the Philistines, The hilly country inhabited by the Israelites was not favourable to the use of the horse; this is the reason why the Bible speaks of horses only in connection with war. David and Solomon established a cavalry and chariot force; but even this, used exclusively for wars of conquest, seems to have been looked upon as a dangerous temptation to kings, for the Deuteronomy legislation forbids them to multiply horses for themselves. The grand description of the war horse in Job is classical; it will be noticed, however, that its praises are more for the strength than for the swiftness of the horse. The prophet Zacharias depicts (ix, 10) the Messianic age as one in which no hostilities will be heard of; then all warlike apparel being done away with, the horse will serve only for peaceful use.
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Horse Scripture - 2 Chronicles 1:17 And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred [shekels] of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so brought they out [horses] for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means.
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Horse Scripture - Esther 6:9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man [withal] whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
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Horse Scripture - Jeremiah 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
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