No, He can’t
19 And the Lord was with Judah; and he drove out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
Judges 1:19  KJV


Yes, He can
13 Sisera called together all his chariots, nine hundred iron chariots, and all the people who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon.
14 Deborah said to Barak, “Arise! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hands; behold, the Lord has gone out before you.” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.
15 The Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot.
16 But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not even one was left.

Judges 4:13-16  NASB


SAB Contradiction 238



The SAB-critic has searched diligently for an impressing Bible Contradiction and, he thought he had found one in two seemingly conflicting passages in the book of Judges concerning iron chariots.
In the beginning of the book an overview is given of the history shortly after Joshua’s passing away. How did the Israelites survive in their conflicts with the Canaanites? In this part of the book it is told that the tribe of Judah was able to take possession of the hill country, but they were not able to take the valley … as they were confronted with iron chariots. Apparently they were too heavy for them.


Who wasn’t able? God or Judah?

The passage Judges 1:19 has been taken from the KJV translation as it is the most literal rendering and useful in this discussion. In the King James Version it seems as if God (he) was not able to drive out the inhabitants of the valley because of the iron chariots. However, also the King James translators didn’t use a capital letter for “he”. They clearly pointed to Judah with “he” and not to God. And rightly so as this information is given in a series of military operations of the tribe of Judah. And so: Sorry for the SAB critic: again no real Bible Contradiction.


Barak’s victory

One may ask: “But how was it possible then that later the Israel army consisting of merely infantry could prevail over an army with nine hundred iron chariots?” Barak gathered his soldiers on the mount Tabor near the river Kishon, as Deborah had ordered him to do. And during the battle the river became a wild stream of water (Judges 5:21) that made it impossible for the Canaanites (under command of Sisera) to use their iron chariots properly; they had to leave them. A great victory for Barak and his army.

No Bible Contradiction