Shield [N] [S]

used in defensive warfare, varying at different times and under different circumstances in size, form, and material ( 1 Samuel 17:7 ; 2 Sam 1:21 ; 1 Kings 10:17 ; 1 Chronicles 12:8 1 Chronicles 12:24 1 Chronicles 12:34 ; Isaiah 22:6 ; Ezekiel 39:9 ; Nahum 2:3 ).

Used figuratively of God and of earthly princes as the defenders of their people ( Genesis 15:1 ; Deuteronomy 33:29 ; Psalms 33:20 ; 84:11 ). Faith is compared to a shield ( Ephesians 6:16 ).

Shields were usually "anointed" ( Isaiah 21:5 ), in order to preserve them, and at the same time make the missiles of the enemy glide off them more easily.

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
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Shield". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .
Shield. [N] [E]

The ordinary shield consisted of a framework of wood covered with leather; it thus admitted of being burnt. ( Ezekiel 39:9 ) It was frequently cased with metal, either brass or copper; its appearance in this case resembled gold when the sun shone on it, 1 Macc. 6:39 and to this, rather than to the practice of smearing blood on the shield we may refer the redness noticed by. Nahum. ( Nahum 2:3 ) The surface of the shield was kept bright by the application of oil as implied in ( Isaiah 21:5 ) The shield was worn on the left arm, to which it was attached by a strap. Shields of state were covered with beaten gold. Shields were suspended about public buildings for ornamental purposes. ( 1 Kings 10:17 ) In the metaphorical language of the Bible the shield generally represents the protection of God: e.g. ( Psalms 3:3 ; 28:7 ) but in ( Psalms 47:9 ) it is applied to earthly rulers and in ( Ephesians 6:18 ) to faith. [ARMS]

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Shield'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.



See ARMOR, IV, 1.

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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'SHIELD'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.