The golden shields of Solomon (1 Kings 10:14-10:17)

“The weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold, besides that which came from the traders, the business of the merchants, the kings of Arabia, and the governors of the land. King Solomon made two hundred large shields of beaten gold. Six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. He made three hundred shields of beaten gold. Three minas of gold went into each shield. The king put these shields in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.”

King Solomon had a lot of gold, based on the weight and value of 666 talents of gold, about 3 billion dollars USA, $3,000,000,000.00, which did not include all the gold that was given to him from various kings, merchants and governors. He was a very rich man. It is interesting to note that some Christians have taken the number 666 to be some sort of demonic force. Here it is the amount of talents of gold that Solomon got. I guess you might say that the gold is demonic. King Solomon made 200 large golden shields and 300 smaller shields all made of gold. The large shields had 600 shekels of gold, so that their individual worth would be about $84,000.00 USA dollars each. The smaller shields were made of 3 minas (mina =50 shekels) of gold or 150 shekels of gold worth about $21,000.00 each. These were kept in House of the Forest of Lebanon, which is another name for Solomon’s palace that was described in chapter 7.

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