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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Gold

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Gold was known from the very earliest times. (Genesis 2:11 ) It was at first used chiefly for ornaments, etc. (Genesis 24:22 ) Coined money was not known to the ancients till a comparatively late period; and on the Egyptian tombs gold is represented as being weighed in rings for commercial purposes. Comp. (Genesis 43:21 ) Gold was extremely abundant in ancient times, (1 Chronicles 22:14 ; 2 Chronicles 1:15 ; 9:9 ; Daniel 3:1 ; Nahum 2:9 ) but this did not depreciate its value, because of the enormous quantities consumed by the wealthy in furniture, etc. (1 Kings 6:22 ) 10 passim ; ( Esther 1:6 ; Song of Solomon 3:9,10 ; Jeremiah 10:9 ) The chief countries mentioned as producing gold are Arabia, Sheba and Ophir. (1 Kings 9:28 ; 10:1 ; Job 28:16 )

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Gold'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/g/gold.html. 1901.

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