arms, armor

arms, armor

Implements for war. In tribal societies like that of early Israel arms consisted of spears, swords, slingstones, and bows and arrows. Armor is first referred to in Israel when Saul offered David his armor to use in the upcoming combat with Goliath, whose own armor was considerable (1Sam 17:5-7). Armor is also mentioned often in contexts other than war or narrative description. It can be the subject of a proverbial saying (1Kgs 20:11), the object of God’s power (Ps 46:9), and, transformed, the basis for a new social order (Isa 2:1-4; Mic 4:1-5). NT writers also speak metaphorically of such things as the “breastplate of righteousness” and the “helmet of salvation” (Eph 6:13-17), and of the word of God being “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb 4:12).

1Sam 17:5-7

5He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.6He had greaves of bron ... View more

1Kgs 20:11

11The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: One who puts on armor should not brag like one who takes it off.”

Ps 46:9

9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.

Isa 2:1-4

The Future House of God
1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2In days to come
the mountain of the Lord's house
shall be establi ... View more

Mic 4:1-5

Peace and Security through Obedience
1In days to come
the mountain of the Lord's house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised ... View more

Eph 6:13-17

13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14Stand therefore, ... View more

Heb 4:12

12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to ... View more

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