shields of gold

1 Kings 14:26

14:26 shields of gold. The great king of Egypt had once given Solomon his own daughter, but he now plunders all the riches of the temple only five years after Solomon’s death, taking the shields of gold in particular. Rehoboam made shields of brass in their stead. God would have allowed Pharaoh Shishak even to destroy Jerusalem because of Rehoboam’s sin, but Rehoboam repented and God turned from His wrath (see II Chronicles 12:1-12). It is noteworthy that the mummy of Pharaoh Shishak has been found by Egyptian archaeologists, encased in a golden sarcophagus, reminding us perhaps of the golden treasures of Solomon that he had taken from Rehoboam.

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