The precious metal most often named in the Bible (385 times). It was imported from the yet-to-be-located sites named Uphaz (Jer 10:9
), Raamah (Ezek 27:22
), Sheba (1Kgs 10:2
), Havilah (Gen 2:11
), and Ophir (1Chr 29:4
; 2Chr 8:18
). Gold was acquired occasionally as booty (Exod 12:35
; Judg 8:26
), but more often through commercial enterprises (1Kgs 10:14-24
). The Bible employs thirteen different words for gold in a variety of forms and usages. Jewelry made of gold includes necklaces (Song 1:1
), rings (Jas 2:2
), and other unspecified items (Exod 3:22
). In public worship gold played a part in both idolatry, such as the calf fashioned by Aaron (Exod 32:2-4
; Deut 29:17
; 1Kgs 12:28
; Isa 2:20
; Rev 9:20
), and the worship of God both in the tabernacle and later in the Solomonic Temple in Jerusalem. The Ark was covered with gold (Exod 25:11
). Most of the furniture was gold-plated, while the vessels and other articles of pure gold included the high priest’s clothing, crown, ephod, and breastplate (Exod 39:2-30
). In Solomon’s Temple the entire inner sanctuary was overlaid with gold, as were the cherubim, carved palm trees, and flowers (1Kgs 6:14-31
). Although valued as a standard of importance (Isa 60:17
; Hos 2:8
; 1Pet 1:18
), gold is less worthy than wisdom (Job 28:15
; Job 28:17
; Prov 3:14
; Prov 8:10
; Prov 16:16
), faith (1Pet 1:7
), and knowledge (Ps 19:10
; Ps 119:72
; Prov 20:15
). One should not put one’s trust in gold (Job 31:24
), for it can become a stumbling block (Ezek 7:19
) and finally is of no value at all (Isa 46:6
; Ps 135:15
; 1Tim 6:9
). Nevertheless, the Bible recognizes its value: the magi laid gold before the infant Jesus (Matt 2:11
); elders will wear golden crowns (Rev 4:4
); metaphorically gold is spiritual wealth (Rev 3:18
); and the new Jerusalem will be constructed of pure gold (Rev 21:18
9Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish,
and gold from Uphaz.
They are the work of the artisan and of the hands of the goldsmith;
their clothing is blue and pur ... View more
22The merchants of Sheba and Raamah traded with you; they exchanged for your wares the best of all kinds of spices, and all precious stones, and gold.
2She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she told hi ... View more
11The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
4three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house,
18Huram sent him, in the care of his servants, ships and servants familiar with the sea. They went to Ophir, together with the servants of Solomon, and imported ... View more
35The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewelry of silver and gold, and for clothing,
26The weight of the golden earrings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold (apart from the crescents and the pendants and the purple g ... View more
14The weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred sixty-six talents of gold,15besides that which came from the traders and from the business ... View more
1The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.
2For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in,
22each woman shall ask her neighbor and any woman living in the neighbor's house for jewelry of silver and of gold, and clothing, and you shall put them on your ... View more
2Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”3So all the people took o ... View more
17You have seen their detestable things, the filthy idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, that were among them.
28So the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. He said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Here are your gods, O Israel, who br ... View more
20On that day people will throw away
to the moles and to the bats
their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
which they made for themselves to worship,
20The rest of humankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands or give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and sil ... View more
11You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside you shall overlay it, and you shall make a molding of gold upon it all around.
2He made the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen.3Gold leaf was hammered out and cut into threads to work into the blue ... View more
14So Solomon built the house, and finished it.15He lined the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar; from the floor of the house to the rafters o ... View more
17Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
instead of stones, iron.
I will appoint Peace as your overs ... View more
8She did not know
that it was I who gave her
the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and who lavished upon her silver
and gold that they used for Baal.
18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
15It cannot be gotten for gold,
and silver cannot be weighed out as its price.
17Gold and glass cannot equal it,
nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
14for her income is better than silver,
and her revenue better than gold.
10Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
16How much better to get wisdom than gold!
To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and h ... View more
10More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
72The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
15There is gold, and abundance of costly stones;
but the lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel.
24“If I have made gold my trust,
or called fine gold my confidence;
19They shall fling their silver into the streets,
their gold shall be treated as unclean.
Their silver and gold cannot save them on the day of the wrath of the ... View more
6Those who lavish gold from the purse,
and weigh out silver in the scales—
they hire a goldsmith, who makes it into a god;
then they fall down and worship!
15The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him ... View more
4Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads.
18Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness fro ... View more
18The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass.