653. The Purse

Matthew 10:9. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses.
See also Mark 6:8; Luke 10:4.
“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.