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Shield [EBD]

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

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

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

Shield [NAVE]

SHIELD, defensive armor. Different kinds of, designated as buckler, shield, target, Psa. 35:2; Ezek. 38:4.
Used by Saul, 2 Sam. 1:21; by the Benjamites, 2 Chr. 14:8; 17:17.
Uzziah equipped the children of Israel with, 2 Chr. 26:14.
made of bronze, 1 Sam. 17:6; 1 Kin. 14:27; of gold, 2 Sam. 8:7; 1 Kin. 10:16, 17; 2 Chr. 9:15, 16; of wood, Ezek. 39:9, 10; with bosses, Job 15:26.
Stored in armories, 1 Kin. 10:17; 2 Chr. 11:12; 32:5, 27; in the tabernacle, 2 Kin. 11:10; 2 Chr. 23:9.
Covered when not in use, Isa. 22:6.
Painted red, Nah. 2:3.
See: Arms.
Of God's protection, Gen. 15:1; Deut. 33:29; 2 Sam. 22:3, 36; Psa. 5:12; 18:2, 35; 33:20; 59:11; 84:9, 11; 89:18; Prov. 30:5.
Of God's truth, Psa. 91:4.
Of an entire army, Jer. 46:3.


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, ARMOR]


SHIELD - sheld.

See ARMOR, IV, 1.

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