buckler

buckler

A small circular shield worn on the forearm. It is usually made of a leather-covered frame (wicker, wood, or metal) and provides more mobile protection than the full body shield with which it is always associated. Its main function was to deflect projectiles or blows in hand-to-hand combat. Preparation of buckler and shield was preliminary to advance for battle (Jer 46:3), and bucklers were part of an enemy’s armor that was burned subsequent to defeat in battle (Ezek 39:9; Ezek 23:24; Ezek 38:4). Metaphorically, buckler refers to divine armor defending one in jeopardy (Ps 35:1) and symbolizes God’s faithfulness (Ps 91:4).

Jer 46:3

3Prepare buckler and shield,
and advance for battle!

Ezek 39:9

9Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them—bucklers and shields, bows and arrows, handpikes and spears— ... View more

Ezek 23:24

24They shall come against you from the north with chariots and wagons and a host of peoples; they shall set themselves against you on every side with buckler, s ... View more

Ezek 38:4

4I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will lead you out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a grea ... View more

Ps 35:1

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
Of David.
1Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me!

Ps 91:4

4he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

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