Round disks fitted with an axle at their center for supporting a load-carrying device. Early representations of wheels show them to be solid and anchored to the axle, the whole combination turning beneath the bed of the vehicle. Subsequent developments freed the wheel to turn on the axle, designed spoked wheels with rims for lighter weight and maneuverability, and adapted the device to uses other than transportation (a potter’s wheel for shaping the clay (Jer 18:3) or a pulley for use in raising water from a cistern (Eccl 12:6). In addition to those on carts, wagons, and chariots, biblical writers refer to wheels on the Temple court lavers (1Kgs 7:30-33), four on each. Ezekiel’s vision of God’s throne includes wheels with eyes (Ezek 1:4-28), and in (Dan 4:9) they are part of the throne support. The crushing effect of a wheel is behind (Prov 20:26), and the rumble of wheels bespoke destruction (Nah 3:2).

Jer 18:3

3So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel.

Eccl 12:6

6before the silver cord is snapped, and the golden bowl is broken, and the pitcher is broken at the fountain, and the wheel broken at the cistern,

1Kgs 7:30-33

30Each stand had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze; at the four corners were supports for a basin. The supports were cast with wreaths at the side of each. ... View more

Ezek 1:4-28

4As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, s ... View more

Dan 4:9

9“O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that you are endowed with a spirit of the holy gods and that no mystery is too difficult for you. Hear the drea ... View more

Prov 20:26

26A wise king winnows the wicked,
and drives the wheel over them.

Nah 3:2

2The crack of whip and rumble of wheel,
galloping horse and bounding chariot!

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