* multiply horses.
Multiplying horses for chariots of war and cavalry, or for
luxury, would increase the splendour of a monarch, and form a
ground of confidence distinct from a proper confidence in God,
and inconsistent with it, and with considering him as the
glory of Israel. Egypt abounded in horses; and the desire of
multiplying these would induce the prince to encourage a trade
with that kingdom; and this might make way for the Israelites
being again subjugated by the Egyptians, or at least corrupted
by their idolatries and vices. Whereas, it was the command of
God that they should no more return thither, but be totally
detached from them. Besides, they might be tempted to extend
their dominion by means of cavalry, and so get scattered among
the surrounding idolatrous nations, and thus cease to be that
distinct, separate people, which God intended they should be.
1Sa 8:11 2Sa 8:4 1Ki 1:5 4:26 10:26-28 2Ch 9:25 Ps 20:7
Isa 36:8,9 Ho 14:3
Isa 31:1-3 Jer 42:14 Eze 17:15
* Ye shall henceforth.
28:68 Ex 13:17 14:13 Nu 14:3,4 Jer 42:15,16 Ho 11:5