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Wagons

The English word way originated from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) word weg, which despite its spelling was pronounced way. It meant road, or route. It's still commonly used today, such as in highway or freeway. A wain, another derivative of way, was the term for a vehicle used for the transportation of heavy loads. The modern English words weigh and weight also have their origin from the same source. People would weigh their wain to see how much weight they were transporting on the way. A wain later also became known as a wagon, an abbreviation of "way going," or "way go on."

"Covered Wagons" In The Bible

Wagon The English word wagon is used to translate the Hebrew word (pronounced) ag-aw-law meaning a wheeled cart, or wagon. The use of them is recorded far back in Bible History.

Unlike their exodus over four centuries later, the Israelites' entry into Egypt was under very favorable circumstances. One of their own, Joseph (see Coat Of Many Colors) was running the country, and everything, including wagons, was provided for them to get there:

"And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto The Land Of Canaan; And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land. Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours."

"And the children of Israel [see Children of Jacob] did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way." (Genesis 45:17-21 KJV)

The Israelites also had wagons when they left Egypt in the Exodus over 400 years later, as evidenced by that they had "covered wagons" in the Sinai:

"And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully set up the Tabernacle [see The Tabernacle In The Wilderness], and had anointed it, and sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed them, and sanctified them; That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, who were the princes of the tribes, and were over them that were numbered, offered: And they brought their offering before The Lord, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they brought them before the Tabernacle."

"And The Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the Tabernacle of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to every man according to his service."

"And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites. Two wagons and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gershon, according to their service: And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest." (Numbers 7:1-8 KJV)

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