- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: Yes
- Included in Smiths: Yes
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
Used in defensive warfare, varying at different times and under different circumstances in size, form, and material (1 Samuel 17:7; 2 Samuel 1:21; 1 Kings 10:17; 1 Chronicles 12:8, 24, 34; Isaiah 22:6; Ezekiel 39:9; Nahum 2:3).
Shields were usually "anointed" (Isaiah 21:5), in order to preserve them, and at the same time make the missiles of the enemy glide off them more easily.
2 Samuel 1:21
Uzziah equipped the children of Israel with
2 Chronicles 26:14
1 Kings 14:27
Made with bosses
Covered when not in use
Of God's protection
Genesis 15:1; Deuteronomy 33:29; 2 Samuel 22:3; 2 Samuel 22:36; Psalms 5:12; Psalms 18:2; Psalms 18:35; Psalms 33:20; Psalms 59:11; Psalms 84:9; Psalms 84:11; Psalms 89:18; Proverbs 30:5
Of God's truth
Of an entire army
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 Macc. 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. (Psalms 3:3; 28:7) but in (Psalms 47:9) it is applied to earthly rulers and in (Ephesians 6:18) to faith. [ARMS, ARMOR]
SHIELD, verb transitive
1. To cover, as with a shield; to cover from dasnger; to defend; to protect; to secure form assault or injury.
To see the son the vanquish'd father shield. Dryden.
Hear one that comes to shield his injur'd honor. Smith.
2. To ward off; to defend against; as clothes shield one from the cold.
SHIE'LDED, participle passive Covered, as with a shield; defended; protected.
SHIEL'DING, participle present tense Covering, as with a shield; defending from attack or injury; protected.