Wealth accumulated and kept primarily in palaces and temples in the ancient world. Treasures were acquired by royal conquest (1Kgs 14:25-26; 2Kgs 14:13-14), by trade or taxes (1Kgs 10:11; 1Kgs 10:15; 1Kgs 10:22; Ezek 27:12-27; Ezek 28:4-5), or in the form of gifts (1Kgs 10:10; 1Kgs 13-15:10; Matt 2:2; Matt 2:11) or tribute (1Kgs 10:14-15). A monarch’s treasures might be used to adorn the palace or temple, purchase military resources, or buy off an invader (Josh 6:19; 1Kgs 10:16-21; 1Kgs 10:26-29; 1Kgs 15:17-21; 2Kgs 12:17-18; 2Kgs 16:5; 2Kgs 7-9:5; 2Kgs 18:13-16). Legendary wealth was attributed to Solomon (1Kgs 10; Eccl 2:8) and to Hezekiah (2Chr 32:27-29); the latter, by showing his treasures to Babylonian envoys (2Kgs 20:13; Isa 39:2), prompted Isaiah’s prophecy that they would be carried off to Babylon (2Kgs 20:17; Isa 39:6). As moral reflection, the OT perspective generally holds that treasures accumulate for the wise (Prov 21:20) and the righteous (Prov 15:16). However, treasures do not last (Prov 27:2) and may be troublesome (Prov 15:16); ill-gotten wealth makes one vulnerable (Prov 10:2; Prov 21:6; Tob 12:8-10). The NT goes further in emphasizing the vanity of earthly treasures, the permanence of heavenly treasure, and the way one’s life is shaped by what one treasures (Matt 6:19-21; Luke 12:20-21; Luke 12:33-34; Heb 11:26; Jas 5:1-5). Almsgiving allows one to convert earthly into heavenly treasure (Matt 19:21-22; Mark 10:21-22; Luke 18:22-23). Still, buried treasure can serve as an image of the kingdom of heaven (Matt 13:44), and treasure in earthen vessels can represent the spiritual life that sustains Christians (2Cor 4:7).

1Kgs 14:25-26

25In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, King Shishak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem;26he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of ... View more

2Kgs 14:13-14

13King Jehoash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah son of Jehoash, son of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh; he came to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall of Jerusa ... View more

1Kgs 10:11

11Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which carried gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a great quantity of almug wood and precious stones.

1Kgs 10:15

15besides that which came from the traders and from the business of the merchants, and from all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land.

1Kgs 10:22

22For the king had a fleet of ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the fleet of ships of Tarshish used to come bringing gold ... View more

Ezek 27:12-27

12Tarshish did business with you out of the abundance of your great wealth; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your wares.13Javan, Tubal, and Meshec ... View more

Ezek 28:4-5

4by your wisdom and your understanding
you have amassed wealth for yourself,
and have gathered gold and silver
into your treasuries.5By your great wisdom in tra ... View more

1Kgs 10:10

10Then she gave the king one hundred twenty talents of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones; never again did spices come in such quantity as th ... View more

1Kgs 13-15:10

A Man of God from Judah
1While Jeroboam was standing by the altar to offer incense, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel2and proclai ... View more

Matt 2:2

2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

Matt 2:11

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

1Kgs 10:14-15

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

Josh 6:19

19But all silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are sacred to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.”

1Kgs 10:16-21

16King Solomon made two hundred large shields of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each large shield.17He made three hundred shields of beaten ... View more

1Kgs 10:26-29

26Solomon gathered together chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he stationed in the chariot cities and with ... View more

1Kgs 15:17-21

17King Baasha of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to King Asa of Judah.18Then Asa took all the silve ... View more

2Kgs 12:17-18

Hazael Threatens Jerusalem
17At that time King Hazael of Aram went up, fought against Gath, and took it. But when Hazael set his face to go up against Jerusalem ... View more

2Kgs 16:5

5Then King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel came up to wage war on Jerusalem; they besieged Ahaz but could not conquer him.

2Kgs 7-9:5

1But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a measure of choice meal shall be sold for a shekel, and two measures ... View more

2Kgs 18:13-16

Sennacherib Invades Judah
13In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured ... View more

1Kgs 10

Visit of the Queen of Sheba
1When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, (fame due to the name of the Lord), she came to test him with hard questions. ... View more

Eccl 2:8

8I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and of the provinces; I got singers, both men and women, and delights of the flesh, and ma ... View more

2Chr 32:27-29

Hezekiah's Prosperity and Achievements
27Hezekiah had very great riches and honor; and he made for himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, ... View more

2Kgs 20:13

13Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his store ... View more

Isa 39:2

2Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his stor ... View more

2Kgs 20:17

17Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be lef ... View more

Isa 39:6

6Days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your ancestors have stored up until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left ... View more

Prov 21:20

20Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise,
but the fool devours it.

Prov 15:16

16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.

Prov 27:2

2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth—
a stranger, and not your own lips.

Prov 15:16

16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.

Prov 10:2

2Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.

Prov 21:6

6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Tob 12:8-10

8Prayer with fasting is good, but better than both is almsgiving with righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than wealth with wrongdoing. It is be ... View more

Matt 6:19-21

Concerning Treasures
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;20but store up for y ... View more

Luke 12:20-21

20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’21So it is with thos ... View more

Luke 12:33-34

33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth ... View more

Heb 11:26

26He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward.

Jas 5:1-5

Warning to Rich Oppressors
1Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you.2Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth ... View more

Matt 19:21-22

21Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, fol ... View more

Mark 10:21-22

21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; t ... View more

Luke 18:22-23

22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasu ... View more

Matt 13:44

Three Parables
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and b ... View more

2Cor 4:7

7But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

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