A precious metal found in places near to Palestine (Egypt, and Ophir—perhaps modern Oman in SE Arabia) and exported to Judah (Isa. 13: 12). It was much used in Solomon's Temple, where the entire inner sanctuary was overlaid with it (1 Kgs. 6: 14–31) and in the NT it is recorded that gold was one of the gifts brought to Jesus by the Magi (Matt. 2: 11).