Thursday, November 12, 2009

Goliath's Armor

And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. 1 Samuel 17:5-7

Today's post has the kind of information that boys especially like. This comes from my collection of things I'd use when I needed to get the attention of the 11 year old Blazer B class. I think it is fun to know these little tidbits.

"Goliath was armed to the max! Notice that the “coat of mail” he wore weighed “five thousand shekels of brass.” Remember, five thousand shekels of brass is the equivalent of 125 pounds! In addition to this helmet and this breastplate that weighed 125 pounds, he had greaves (shin guards) of brass and a target of brass between his shoulders! The staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam — which means the long staff of his spear weighed at least 17 pounds.

Additionally, the scripture specifically says that the spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron — which is the equivalent of 16 pounds. One scholar has speculated that the weight of all of these pieces of weaponry together — his helmet, breastplate, greaves, target of brass, spear, and shield — may have weighed in excess of 700 pounds!"

(Sorry, I didn't record the reference for this.)


  1. It's interesting how "heavy" Goliath was with all of his man-made armor. And David was "light" in his armor, having only a sling and great faith in God.

    This certainly shows that when we put our trust in the solutions/armor of man and in things of the world that we become "heavy" and "weighed down", as with sin:
    Psalm 38:4 4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

    And when we hand our burdens and battles over to the Lord, through repentance and letting go of our natural man, we feel "lighter":
    Matt 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    Additionally, on top of feeling lighter, we GAIN "light" that can be shared with those around us:
    Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    David was a perfect example of this concept of trusting in the Lord and His plan, and he was light, was filled with light, and his light shone before his fellow men as they celebrated the victory over their common enemy.

    1. Goliath was bringing a knife to a gun fight. The only weapon Goliath had that might kill was a spear. A slinger could kill a man at 100 yards, even with armor on. David had five rounds or stones and more if he went back to the brook. Goliath never stood a chance.

  2. One more that ties it all together:

    Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

  3. I love those thoughts, Jennifer.

  4. To me there are quite a few "flakes of fire" in the contest between David and Goliath. Here are just a few I've discovered.

    First, Goliath (splendor in Hebrew. As in the splendor of the world) of Gath (winepress, and all that implies) symbolically represented death, or servitude, and Satan to the Israelites, and continually defied Israel. All of Israel were "dismayed and greatly afraid." Except for David (beloved in Hebrew, symbolic of God's beloved Son).

    Second, Goliath was six cubits (and a span) high and his spear weighed six hundred shekels of Iron. Six being respresentative of mortal man, imperfection and death.

    Third, David, the beloved, kills Goliath with five smooth stones. Five being symbolic of the planet Venus, the bright and morning star, or Christ. The stone which slew Goliath also being symbolic of Christ, the Stone of Israel.

    Finally, the stone kills Goliath in the forehead, symbolic of Christ crushing Satan's head and acheiving the final victory over the serpent or death (Genesis 3:15). There are probably many more "flakes" remaining to be discoverd in this story regarding David and Goliath.

  5. To add to Steven's post, David may also have carried those five stones for grace (see Bullinger, "Number in Scripture" but also because Goliath had four brothers. David may have been prepared to take on the whole family!
    Truly David's faith was great. What we can do when we join with God!

  6. Do we know how much that would cost?

  7. Good insights, Steven/Anon!

    Not directly related, but while we're on this topic - I find it interesting that Saul was a "whole head" taller than everyone else (1 Samuel 9:2), probably making him a closer match for Goliath in size, yet he allowed a young boy to fight his battle for him when it was the King's duty! This shows even greater character and faith on the part of David!

  8. awesome revelation from all above!!! wow!

  9. This is going toward my Sunday message. Glad to see even though we are silent we are many.

  10. Another interesting thought (for those young boys who like the gory details): 1 Samuel 17:54 says, "David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent." At this point of David's life, he would not enter Jerusalem for approximately another 20 Years