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1 Kings 10:14 says, "the weight of gold which Solomon received every year was 666 talents of gold, besides what came from tradesmen, from the traffic of the merchants, and from all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the regions." (Jewish Study Bible).

Is there any significance of this number, or any commentaries about it?

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The 666 number in 1 Kings 10:14 appears to be simply coincidence. The text in Revelation where 666 also appears says, "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:17-18) Note that the number in Revelation is the number of the name of a man. It had nothing to do with a sum of money.

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In other words, the amount of gold was neither 665 talents nor 667 talents, but 666. Period! –  rhetorician Sep 18 '13 at 16:17
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The only other place we find the number 666 is in the book of Revelation. In 1st Kings 4 v 29 we read, God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seahore. In Revelation 13,we read This calls for wisdom.if anyone has insight,let him calculate the number of the beast,for it is mans number, his number is 666. Taking these two portions of scripture together,the answer to your question is connected to Wisdom and Understanding and for further understanding you should read my answer to the question,"Which Beast Does The Number 666 Represent" which you will find in the Revelation tag.

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This has the germ of a useful and interesting answer, but is very short and could really do with a bit more detailed explanation: see here for some great tips. –  Jack Douglas Sep 10 '13 at 14:05
@ Jack Douglas,I take on-board your point and i thank you for your prompt attention.I feel that if a question or answer is down-voted it is "good manners" and also good for the community that the person who chooses to down-vote should leave a comment with their reason for the vote. –  Bagpipes Sep 10 '13 at 14:35
Yes it is usually good manners, but it isn't obligatory and there is no way of knowing who votes so we can't even ask. You might want to read this? –  Jack Douglas Sep 10 '13 at 14:44
@ user 4150, i have added another couple of line's to my answer regarding King Solomon and 666. –  Bagpipes Sep 10 '13 at 17:54
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