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Carts were used for the removal of the ark and its sacred utensils (Numbers 7:3, 6). After retaining the ark amongst them for seven months, the Philistines sent it back to the Israelites. On this occasion they set it in a new cart, probably a rude construction, with solid wooden wheels like that still used in Western Asia, which was drawn by two milk cows, which conveyed it straight to Beth-shemesh.
A “cart rope,” for the purpose of fastening loads on carts, is used (Isaiah 5:18) as a symbol of the power of sinful pleasures or habits over him who indulges them. (See CORD.) In Syria and Israel wheel-carriages for any other purpose than the conveyance of agricultural produce are almost unknown.