Mammon

Mammon

Two hundred large shields.
Made of tempered gold.
Of the gold received each year,
not that received from other lands.
Of the six hundred sixty-six
talents of gold.

Was the house secure
when Shishak of Egypt came?

Was the house united
when Shishak of Egypt came?

Riches make useless shields,
and a census accounts only
for the foe.