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Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

13:19 no smith. It is believed that the Philistines acquired their knowledge of iron forging from the Hittites, giving them a significant advantage over the Hebrews, who apparently did not learn this art until around the time of David (I Chronicles 22:3). Consequently, their arrows were mostly arrows and slings. They did have bronze weapons and armor of a sort.

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