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Reformation Study Bible – 1 Kings 10:16–17
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1 Kings 10:16–17

10:16, 17 large shields. These extremely heavy and valuable shields were made chiefly for ceremonial and aesthetic reasons. The use of such shields as a visible sign of a king’s wealth and status is not unique to Solomon. After a campaign of about 714 b.c., King Sargon II claims to have taken “six shields of gold” from a temple.