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?


I don't think it's too much of a coincidence.

If we look back at the law for kings in Deuteronomy 17, It prohibits the king from multiplying horses and chariots, wives, and wealth. This is exactly what Solomon is doing in 1 Kings 10-11. Chapter ten begins by commending his great wisdom, but then steps through his decline - that is, he begins violating the rules for kings by multiplying gold (666 talents a year), multiplying horses and chariots, and finally multiplying wives who turn his heart away from following Yahweh. He sets up centers of false worship for all the foreign gods of his wives. So, the number 666 is associated with Solomon in his fall, his abuse of power, and his turning away from true worship of Yahweh.

In Revelation, Jesus sets up worship interactions under the symbol of business transactions - buying and selling.

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

This is picked up in chapter 13 with reference to worship in the false temple - the image set up by the beast which must be worshiped on pain of death. Everyone must worship the image, but no one may do so without the mark. The buying and selling referred to here is of the same kind established by Jesus in chapter 3. It is worship - spiritual transactions.

This kind of forced worship of an image set up also has ties back to Nebuchadnezzar.

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits... And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.”

Nebuchadnezzar is acting as a beast (and later, even more so) and sets up an image to be worshiped. Again, we have six and sixty associated with worship of a false image on pain of death.

All of this comes together in the name and number of the man - 666. This sums up man in his fallen state. The number carries with it the fallen glory of Solomon, his degraded wisdom, his failure to follow the word of God, his abuse of power, and his allowing himself to be turned aside to the worship of impotent gods.

Don't be afraid of symbolism; it's good for you :)


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.

  • In other words, the amount of gold was neither 665 talents nor 667 talents, but 666. Period! – rhetorician Sep 18 '13 at 16:17
  • In today's monetary values is USD 939,544,651.54 One Talent in King Solomon's days is equivalent to 34.2 Kg today. 1 kg =32.1507 troy ounces, Todays Gold prices per ounce is about USD 1,283/ t oz – Ozzie Ozzie Dec 23 '17 at 21:37
  • There is NO coincidence in the Bible if it's an inspired book from God. – Quidam Nov 19 '19 at 4:47
  • Take note that Rev 13:18 begins by saying here is wisdom. Together with this number, it clearly connects it to Solomon. – A Child of God Apr 27 at 10:39

This is also mentioned in 2 Chronicles 9 verse 13. This chapter showcases the zenith of Israel power and wealth, with Solomon collecting 666 talents of gold per year. It's generally read as a coincidence with the New Testament Book of Revelations reference to 666 as the mark of the beast.

REVELATIONS chapter 13 verse 18:

[16] Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, [17] so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. [18] This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred sixty-six. [NRSV]

It's possible to read this as a prophesy connected with the same numerical accounts written in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. Today, what we call the "Greek Septuagint" would have been considered holy scriptures by those practicing Judaism within most of the Roman Empire, including it's sect of Christianity. The entire New Testament was written in Greek, and it's canon added to that of the Septuagint. Those Scriptures accounting for Solomon's Gold were available to the Apostle Paul and the author of Revelations.

We may ask why the author of Revelations use 666 as the code of for the mark of the Beast. There are 2 choices, either it was an arbitrary number, or it was relevant to something else. If it was relevant to something else, then it could be referencing Solomon's Gold.

Reading Revelations chapter 13 verse 18 we see a couple of possible coincidences ...or relevancies. If it is to be read as relevant to Solomon's Gold then we can look at similarities to the Chapter and Verse structure, like so...

2 Chronicles chapter 9 verse 13. (a) 666 occurs in chapter 13 of Revelations but verse 13 in Chronicles.

(b) 666 occurs in verse 18 of Revelations but 2 Chronicles chapter 9 in Chronicles. 2 X 9 = 18

(c) 6 occurs 3 times. 18 divided by 6 = 3. 3 "6s" are Arabic numerals for 666.

(d) Arabia is also providing Gold to Solomon, as mentioned in the verse from 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles.

(E) During the era when the New Testament was written, Greek was common written language of the Roman Empire, because Alexander the Great had previously established Greek Culture and the Greek Language as the International Language of his empire. That held true during the Roman Empire, except that the persons running Government, who were considered the wise ones, and their legal administrators, used the Latin Alphabet and wrote Roman Law in Latin.

... it was common to use Code during the Roman Empire, where numbers were associated with letters, in their order within the proper alphabet. When reading Revelations as supernatural prophesy, it's possible to believe that the code was written for modern times, and only fully understandable at the "proper time".

... for instance, if hypothetically it were relevant to today, as supernatural prophecy, we could attempt to crack the code, like so...

... first lets consider the instructions within Revelations. a) we need to calculate the number. b) it requires someone with "wisdom". c) and it lets us know that everyone who follows the beast will have the mark on their forehead or arm.

... --in Roman times, voting was common for politicians. Someone who votes would receive a mark on their forehead or arm so they wouldn't vote twice. -- it requires "wisdom" someone who can read the Latin alphabet to associate numbers to letters. Solomon collected Gold from Arabia, so lets try Arabic numerals 666. Lets try associating the digits to Latin characters: many have tried that and failed. Let's try the 18th character because the verse in Revelations was the 18th verse. That gives an (R). Revelations says we need to "calculate the number" lets try that. Revelations says that it's the number of the name. Let's also try that: A full name has three names, first middle and last. Let's divide the whole name by 3, from 18, to get 6 for each name: first, middle and last. or in Arabic numerals 6-6-6.

So, (R) would be representative of the 18th verse. We can calculate a political name for someone with the mark of (R) and get 6-6-6. And, we can figure that everyone who votes for the Politicians with the mark of the (R) as receiving the politicians through their voting mark for the (R) candidate. They would not be able to buy or trade unless they endorsed the (R) political movement, or The Beast. And, the Beast would be trying to replicate Solomon's Gold at all cost.

There, that's an example of how to crack the code assuming it is relevant to Kings and Chronicles. And that it supernaturally was relevant to today's day and time. (R) would be the actual mark of the Beast, and it has to be calculated, and it has to be the number of the name. And it requires wisdom (Knowledge of Latin alphabet, and the ability to associate with Arabic numerals, which of course today everyone can do that.)

  • The problem with this explanation is that it requires the modern chapter and verse numbers which didn't exist in the oldest bibles – b a Sep 17 '18 at 17:44
  • But that would not have been a problem had the message been divinely inspired for Today. Many interpret the "666" for today rather than yesterday. – user12711 Sep 23 '18 at 16:09

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