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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Gold

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Emblem of purity (Job 23:10), of nobility (Lamentations 4:1). Ζaahaab , "yellow gold," as geld from gel , yellow. Sagur , "treasured gold " (1 Kings 6:20). Ρaz , "native gold" (Job 28:17; Song of Solomon 5:15). Βetser , "gold earth," i.e. raw ore (Job 22:24). Κethem , figuratively (Job 37:22 margin) "golden splendor"; but Maurer literally, "gold is to be found in northern regions, but God cannot, be found out because of His majesty" (compare Job 28). Charuts , "dug out gold" (Proverbs 8:10).

It was not coined in ancient times, but is represented on Egyptian tombs as weighed out in the form of rings of fixed weight (Genesis 43:21). Simon Maccabeus (1 Maccabees 15) was the first who coined Jewish money. Arabia, Sheba, and Ophir, Uphaz, and Parvaim (used for "gold" in Job 22:24), were the gold producing countries. It is no longer found in Arabia. The Asiatics have always possessed more gold in ornaments than in money.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Gold'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/g/gold.html. 1949.

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