WAGON (Heb. ‘ăghālâh, from ‘aghal, to be round, to roll). A vehicle with wheels (usually two) used for carrying goods as well as persons. Ancient wagons were crude, with wheels made of wood. They were covered or uncovered, usually drawn by oxen but sometimes horses. Wagons are first mentioned in Gen.45.19-Gen.46.5 (kjv; niv “carts”), when Pharaoh sent wagons to help move Jacob and his family. Covered wagons, each drawn by two oxen, were used for moving the tabernacle (Num.7.3-Num.7.9 kjv, niv “carts”) but not the sacred furniture, which was carried on the shoulders of priests.

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