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by Wayne Blank
Goliath was very heavily body-armored - and he hit the ground, dead, wearing it.
"Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them."
King Solomon's income of gold was "six hundred threescore and six talents" - approximately 25 tons. That so much was an overabundance is illustrated by his using gold to make shields and targets for his army:
"Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold ... And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of gold went to one target. And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon." (1 Kings 10:14,16-17 KJV)
Later Israelite armies had shields and targets made of less expensive materials, a practical reality since, in this example, King Asa of Judah (see also Kings of Israel and Judah and Israelite Dynasties) had to outfit a force of 300,000 from Judah and 280,000 from Benjamin (the Kingdom of Judah consisted of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin; see also When Israel Became "Israel" and "Judah"):
"And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valour." (2 Chronicles 14:8 KJV)
Fact Finder: What sort of "armor" should Believers wear?