653. The Purse

Matthew 10:99Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, (Matthew 10:9). Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses.
“In your purses,” is literally “in your girdles,” (ζώνας) It is quite common to use the folds of the girdle as a pouch, or pocket, for the reception of money. Money is also sometimes carried in a bag, which is. put into the girdle. This is referred to in the parallel passage in Luke, where the word rendered “purse” (βαλαντιον) signifies a bag.