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Matthew 10:9

    Matthew 10:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Get you no gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Take no gold or silver or copper in your pockets;

    Webster's Revision

    Get you no gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses;

    World English Bible

    Don't take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Get you no gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses;

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 10:9

    Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass, in your purses - Εις τας ξωνας υμων, in your Girdles. It is supposed that the people of the east carry their money in a fold of their girdles. This is scarcely correct: they carry it in a purse in their bosom, under their girdles. This I have often observed.

    In a thousand instances an apostolic preacher, who goes to the wilderness to seek the lost sheep, will be exposed to hunger and cold, and other inconveniences; he must therefore resign himself to God, depending on his providence for the necessaries of life. If God have sent him, he is bound to support him, and will do it: anxiety therefore, in him, is a double crime, as it insinuates a bad opinion of the Master who has employed him. Every missionary should make himself master of this subject.

    Have no money in your purse, is a command, obedience to which was secured by the narrow circumstances of most of the primitive genuine preachers of the Gospel. Whole herds of friars mendicants have professed the same principle, and abandoned themselves to voluntary poverty; but if the money be in the heart it is a worse evil. In the former case, it may be a temptation to sin; in the latter, it must be ruinous.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 10:9

    See also Mark 6:8-11, and Luke 9:3-5. In both these places the substance of this account is given, though not so particularly as in Matthew. The general subject is the instructions given to the apostles.

    Matthew 10:9

    Provide neither gold nor silver, nor brass - This prohibition of gold, silver, and brass is designed to prevent their providing money for their journey.

    Pieces of money of "small value" were made of brass.

    In your purses - Literally, in your girdles (belts). See the notes at Matthew 5:38-41. A "girdle" or "sash" was an indispensable part of the dress. This girdle was made "hollow," and answered the purpose of a purse. It was convenient, easily borne, and safe.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 10:9

    10:9 Provide not - The stress seems to lie on this word: they might use what they had ready; but they might not stay a moment to provide any thing more, neither take any thought about it. Nor indeed were they to take any thing with them, more than was strictly necessary. Lest it should retard them. Because they were to learn hereby to trust to God in all future exigencies.