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Gold

Gold is a highly-valued metal because of its rarity, beauty, workability, and durability. Humans have mined and skillfully used it for cast objects and overlays since very early times - museums all around the world have large collections of ancient gold artifacts. The earliest physical evidence of gold usage is found in rock carvings in Egypt, dated at around 2,500 B.C., which picture the washing of sands in search for gold, and the melting of it in a crude furnace.

Gold Bars Gold is mentioned more frequently in The Bible than any other metal, in Bible History, as well as in Prophecy -

"A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there." (Genesis 2:10-12 RSV) (see Where Was The Garden Of Eden?)

"And The Lord [see Rock Of Ages] said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: 'You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven. You shall not make gods of silver to be with Me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold." (Exodus 20:22-23 RSV) (see The Ten Commandments)

"They shall make an ark of acacia wood; two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. And you shall overlay it with pure gold, within and without shall you overlay it, and you shall make upon it a molding of gold round about. And you shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark by them. The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you. Then you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat." (Exodus 25:10-18 RSV) (see The Ark Of The Covenant and Temple Mount Treasures)

"When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron, and said to him, "Up, make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt [see Wilderness Journey], we do not know what has become of him." And Aaron said to them, "Take off the rings of gold which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." So all the people took off the rings of gold which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made a molten calf; and they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!" (Exodus 32:1-4 RSV)

"With great pains I have provided for the house of The Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold [that is, about 3,750 tons], a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone too I have provided. To these you must add. You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and be doing! The Lord be with you!" David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, "Is not The Lord your God with you? And has He not given you peace on every side? For He has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before The Lord and His people. Now set your mind and heart to seek The Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of The Lord God, so that The Ark of the covenant of The Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for The Name of The Lord." (1 Chronicles 22:14-19 RSV) (see Temples)

"Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. And the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah." (2 Chronicles 1:14-15 RSV)

"You saw, O king, and behold, a great image [see Daniel's Statue]. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold [see Ancient Empires - Babylon], its breast and arms of silver [see Ancient Empires - Persia], its belly and thighs of bronze [see Ancient Empires - Greece], its legs of iron [see Ancient Empires - Rome], its feet partly of iron and partly of clay [see Feet Of Iron And Clay]. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay [see The Return Of Jesus Christ], and broke them in pieces; then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain [see King Of The Mountain] and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:31-35 RSV)

"When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take The Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for The Child, to destroy Him." (Matthew 2:10-13 RSV)

"But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong." (Acts 3:6-7 RSV)

"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may be found to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen Him you love Him; though you do not now see Him you believe in Him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy." (1 Peter 1:6-8 RSV)

"The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no Temple in the city, for its Temple is the Lord God the Almighty and The Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is The Lamb. By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it, and its gates shall never be shut by day - and there shall be no night there; they shall bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations." (Revelation 21:18-26 RSV) (see The Kingdom of God)

Fact Finder: Will gold or silver be able to save the wicked on the day of The Lord's wrath upon them?
Zephaniah 1:17-18


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