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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Shield:

used in defensive warfare, varying at different times and under different circumstances in size, form, and material (1Sa 17:7; 2Sa 1:21; 1Ki 10:17; 1Ch 12:8,24,34; Isa 22:6; Eze 39:9; Nah 2:3).

Used figuratively of God and of earthly princes as the defenders of their people (Gen 15:1; Deu 33:29; Psa 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.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Shield:

sheld.

See ARMOR

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g2375 Greek: thureos

Shield:

formerly meant "a stone for closing the entrance of a cave;" then, "a shield," large and oblong, protecting every part of the soldier; the word is used metaphorically of faith, Eph 6:16, which the believer is to take up "in (en in the original) all" (all that has just been mentioned), i.e., as affecting the whole of his activities.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Shield:

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 Maccabees 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. Psalm 3:3; 28:7, but in Psalm 47:9, it is applied to earthly rulers and in Ephesians 6:18 to faith. SEE [ARMS, ARMOR, 10.].

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