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They went out, they and all their armies with them, many people even as the sand that is on the seashore in multitude, with very many horses and chariots. Bible

“many people even as the sand that is on the seashore.” To the five senses, this is a very dangerous force, but to Yahweh they are no threat.

“with very many horses and chariots.” The enemy had a well-equipped army, but God had told Israel not to accumulate horses (Deut. 17:16), without God’s help, they were not what won the battle (Ps. 33:17). Pharaoh’s chariot force did not bring him victory over Israel either (Exod. 14:17-28). Yahweh’s help brings victory and safety (Ps. 127:1). God commanded Israel to burn the chariots and make the horses ineffective for battle (Josh. 11:6). This would prevent Israel from trusting too much on physical things.


Commentary for: Joshua 11:4