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The Greek drachma, or Roman denarious, equivalent to about fourteen cents. In reading the Scripture passage in which this word, occurs, we should consider that the real value of money, to purchase labor or commodities, was far greater then that now; and also that even the nominal value of the drachma would be better expressed by "shilling," or "franc," than by "penny." Thus, "two hundred shillings' worth of bread would not suffice," Mark 6:37; "he took out two francs and gave them to the host," Luke 10:35. So in Revelation 6:6, "a measure of wheat for a penny" expresses to the English reader the idea of great plenty; whereas the original indicates a distressing scarcity. A drachma in Christ's time was good wages for a day's labor in a vineyard, Matthew 20:2.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Gr. denarion), a silver coin of the value of about 7 1/2d. or 8d. of our present money. It is thus rendered in the New Testament, and is more frequently mentioned than any other coin (Matthew 18:28; 20:2, 9, 13; Mark 6:37; 14:5, etc.). It was the daily pay of a Roman soldier in the time of Christ. In the reign of Edward III. an English penny was a labourer's day's wages. This was the "tribute money" with reference to which our Lord said, "Whose image and superscription is this?" When they answered, "Caesar's," he replied, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:19; Mark 12:15).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (a.) Denoting pound weight for one thousand; -- used in combination, with respect to nails; as, ten penny nails, nails of which one thousand weight ten pounds.

2. (n.) An English coin, formerly of copper, now of bronze, the twelfth part of an English shilling in account value, and equal to four farthings, or about two cents; -- usually indicated by the abbreviation d. (the initial of denarius).

3. (n.) Any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver.

4. (n.) Money, in general; as, to turn an honest penny.

5. (n.) See Denarius.

6. (a.) Worth or costing one penny.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

pen'-i (denarion; Latin denarius (which see)): the American Standard Revised Version (Matthew 18:28; Matthew 20:2, 9, 10, 13, etc.) renders it by "shilling" except in Matthew 22:19 Mark 12:15 and Luke 20:24, where it retains the original term as it refers to a particular coin.





1220. denarion -- denarius (a Roman coin)
... coin) NASB Word Usage denarii (7), denarius (9). denarius, pence, penny. Of Latin
origin; a denarius (or ten asses) -- pence, penny(-worth). ...
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Nor Indeed Hath the Holy Spirit Failed to Speak what Should be of ...
... What then, say they, is the meaning of that penny, which is given in payment
to all alike when the work of the vineyard is ended? ...
/.../augustine/of holy virginity /section 25 nor indeed hath.htm

The Labourers in the vineyard.
... "Go, work within my vineyard's bound, At eve your 'penny'[1] shall be found:" So
spake the vineyard's lord, and they Began to toil at break of day. ...
/.../mother stories from the new testament/the labourers in the vineyard.htm

A Caution to Stir up to Watch against Sin
... number of single-sheet poems, songs, and proclamations; a memorandum on it, in the
writing of Narcissus Luttrel, shews that he bought it for one penny, on the ...
/.../bunyan/the works of john bunyan volumes 1-3/a caution to stir up.htm

Diamond Said Nothing to his Mother About his Adventures. ...
... back. He drew Diamond's bridle in eager anxiety to see whether her
outstretched hand would gather a penny from Mrs. Coleman. But ...
/.../macdonald/at the back of the north wind/chapter 5 diamond said nothing.htm

One Day when Old Diamond was Standing with his Nose in his Bag ...
... He was pleased to find it so clean, for the streets were muddy, and he had nice
boots on; so he put his hand in his pocket, and gave the girl a penny. ...
/.../macdonald/at the back of the north wind/chapter 19 one day when.htm

Verily I Say unto You, it is Difficult for a Rich Man to Enter The ...
... vineyard. [2031] And he agreed with the labourers on [29] one penny a day
for each labourer, and he sent them into his vineyard. [2032 ...
/.../hogg/the diatessaron of tatian/section xxix verily i say.htm

Putting Clouds Over the Sun
... PUTTING CLOUDS OVER THE SUN. A little boy was walking down the street rejoicing
in the possession of a bright new penny. He was going to buy some candy with it. ...
/.../ talks/talk fourteen putting clouds over.htm

How to Work God's Joy-Machine
... "Why, it seems it does not work this morning!". "Of course not," answered Brother
Littlejoy, "you have to drop a penny in the slot before it will act.". ...
// talks/talk forty-five how to work.htm

John Chapter xiv. 1-3.
... All alike have that penny, which the householder orders to be given to all that
have wrought in the vineyard, making no distinction therein between those who ...
/.../augustine/homilies on the gospel of john/tractate lxvii john chapter xiv.htm

Letter Xliii. To Marcella.
... The gain of a penny [906] fills us with joy; the loss of a half-penny [907] plunges
us into sorrow. ... [907] Obolus = 3-1-2 cents = 1 penny 3[farthings. ...
/.../jerome/the principal works of st jerome/letter xliii to marcella.htm

Penny (14 Occurrences)
... In the reign of Edward III. an English penny was a labourer's day's wages. ... 4. (n.)
Money, in general; as, to turn an honest penny. 5. (n.) See Denarius. ...
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Penny-worth (1 Occurrence)
Penny-worth. Pennyworth, Penny-worth. Pens . Multi-Version Concordance
Penny-worth (1 Occurrence). John 6:7 Philip answered ...
/p/penny-worth.htm - 6k

Pennyworth (2 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) A penny's worth; as much as may be bought
for a penny. 2. (n.) Hence: The full value of one's ...
/p/pennyworth.htm - 7k

Farthing (5 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) The fourth of a penny; a small copper coin
of Great Britain, being a cent in United States currency. ...
/f/farthing.htm - 9k

Pence (8 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) pl. of Penny. See Penny. 2. (n.) Plural of Penny.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. PENCE; PENNY. pens. See MONEY. ...
/p/pence.htm - 9k

Denarius (8 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (n.) A Roman silver coin of the value of about fourteen
cents; the penny of the New Testament; -- so called from being worth ...
/d/denarius.htm - 9k

Pens (8 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (n.) pl. of Penny. Multi-Version Concordance Pens
(8 Occurrences). Numbers 32:16 They came near to him, and ...
/p/pens.htm - 8k

Paid (86 Occurrences)
... Paid (86 Occurrences). Matthew 5:26 Most certainly I tell you, you shall by
no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny. ...
/p/paid.htm - 30k

Beings (42 Occurrences)
... Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living beings say, A
measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and ...
/b/beings.htm - 18k

Cent (4 Occurrences)
... Cent (4 Occurrences). Matthew 5:26 Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means
get out of there, until you have paid the last penny. (See NAS). ...
/c/cent.htm - 7k

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Penny (14 Occurrences)

Matthew 5:26
Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.

Matthew 10:29
Do not two sparrows sell for a halfpenny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's leave.

Matthew 20:2
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Matthew 20:9
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Matthew 20:10
But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

Matthew 20:13
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

Matthew 22:19
Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

Mark 6:8
He charged them to take nothing for the journey except a stick; no bread, no bag, and not a penny in their pockets,

Mark 12:15
Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

Mark 12:42
But there came one poor widow and dropped in two farthings, equal in value to a halfpenny.
(Root in WEY RSV NIV)

Luke 12:6
Are not five sparrows sold for a penny? and yet not one of them is a thing forgotten in God's sight.

Luke 12:59
I tell you, you will by no means get out of there, until you have paid the very last penny. "

Luke 20:24
Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.

Revelation 6:6
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.



Penny: A Denarius

Penny: Roman, had Caesar's Image on It

Penny: Worth One Day's Wages

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