- Biblical (culture)
- Neutral (behaviour)
A small insect that is strong enough to break glass, stone and wood from the Judaic beliefs. King Soloman devised a plan to capture the Shamir that lived in a cave. He built a glass dome over the nest of a woodpecker but he had his servant Benaiah to hide in the nest. When the woodpecker returned it was in anguish to see its chicks trapped in the nest. It tried to break the glass but this was no use. It then took the Shamir and carried it to its nest. When the Shamir touched the glass it fell to pieces. At that moment Benaiah leapt from his hiding place and captured the Shamir into a lead box and brought it back to King Soloman. The King then used the creature to cut up the stones to build his glorious temple to God.
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