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Purse


Purse, a bag for money. The Hebrews, when on a journey, were provided with a bag, in which they carried their money, Gen. 42:35; Prov. 1:14; 7:20; Isa. 46:6, and, if they were merchants, also their weights. Deut. 25:13; Micah 6:11. This bag is described in the New Testament by the terms βαλάντιον (bag), Luke 10:4; 12:33; 22:35, 36, and γλωσσοκομον (originally the bag in which musicians carried the mouth-pieces of their instruments). John 12:6; 13:29. The girdle also served as a purse. Matt. 10:9; Mark 6:8. Ladies wore ornamental purses. Isa. 3:24.