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.)