16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses(A) for himself(B) or make the people return to Egypt(C) to get more of them,(D) for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.”(E)

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28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue[a]—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.[b] They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites(A) and of the Arameans.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 10:28 Probably Cilicia
  2. 1 Kings 10:29 That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms

Some trust in chariots(A) and some in horses,(B)
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.(C)

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Woe to Those Who Rely on Egypt

31 Woe(A) to those who go down to Egypt(B) for help,
    who rely on horses,(C)
who trust in the multitude of their chariots(D)
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One(E) of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.(F)

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But the Egyptians(A) are mere mortals and not God;(B)
    their horses(C) are flesh and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,(D)
    those who help will stumble,
    those who are helped(E) will fall;
    all will perish together.(F)

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“‘Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses(A)—if you can put riders on them!

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