Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the Lord to anger.
“ They made Him jealous with strange gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger.
The sons of Israel cried to the Lord; for he had nine hundred
iron chariots, and he oppressed the sons of Israel severely for twenty years.
1 Samuel 13:19
no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears.”