The gold shields of King Solomon (2 Chr 9:15-9:16)

“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 hundred shekels of gold went into each shield.  The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.”

Once again, this is almost like 1 Kings, chapter 10. 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. However, here there is half as much gold in the smaller shields, while in 1 Kings, the smaller shields only had a quarter of the gold that was in the larger shields. Instead of a value of about $21,000.00 each, these small shields would be worth $42,000.00. All these shields were kept in House of the Forest of Lebanon, which is another name for Solomon’s palace that was described in 1 Kings, chapter 7, but not here.

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