a vehicle moving on wheels, and usually drawn by oxen ( 2 Samuel 6:3 ). The Hebrew word thus rendered, 'agalah ( 1 Samuel 6:7 1 Samuel 6:8 ), is also rendered "wagon" ( Genesis 45:19 ). It is used also to denote a war-chariot ( Psalms 46:9 ). Carts were used for the removal of the ark and its sacred utensils ( Numbers 7:3 Numbers 7:6 ). 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 milch 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 Palestine wheel-carriages for any other purpose than the conveyance of agricultural produce are almost unknown.