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Gold

Gold [N] [T] [S]

  • Heb. zahab, so called from its yellow colour ( Exodus 25:11 ; 1 Chronicles 28:18 ; 2 Chr 3:5 ).

  • Heb. segor, from its compactness, or as being enclosed or treasured up; thus precious or "fine gold" ( 1 Kings 6:20 ; 7:49 ).

  • Heb. paz, native or pure gold ( Job 28:17 ; Psalms 19:10 ; 21:3 , etc.).

  • Heb. betzer, "ore of gold or silver" as dug out of the mine ( Job 36:19 , where it means simply riches).

  • Heb. kethem, i.e., something concealed or separated ( Job 28:16 Job 28:19 ; Psalms 45:9 ; Proverbs 25:12 ). Rendered "golden wedge" in Isaiah 13:12 .

  • Heb. haruts, i.e., dug out; poetic for gold ( Proverbs 8:10 ; 16:16 ; Zechariah 9:3 ).

    Gold was known from the earliest times ( Genesis 2:11 ). It was principally used for ornaments ( Genesis 24:22 ). It was very abundant ( 1 Chronicles 22:14 ; Nahum 2:9 ; Daniel 3:1 ). Many tons of it were used in connection with the temple ( 2 Chronicles 1:15 ). It was found in Arabia, Sheba, and Ophir ( 1 Kings 9:28 ; 10:1 ; Job 28:16 ), but not in Palestine.

    In Daniel 2:38 , the Babylonian Empire is spoken of as a "head of gold" because of its great riches; and Babylon was called by ( Isaiah 14:4 ) the "golden city" (RSV marg., "exactress," adopting the reading marhebah , instead of the usual word madhebah ).

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [T] indicates this entry was also found in Torrey's Topical Textbook
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Gold". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .