And gave for the service of the house of God
For building and adorning it, and providing proper utensils for it:
of gold five thousand talents;
which, according to Scheuchzer F12, came to 61,100,000 ducats of gold: and these, with "the 10,000 drachms"; make of our money, according to Brerewood F13, 22,507,500 pounds; some reckon a drachm at two ducats and a half, and somewhat more F14:
and of silver ten thousand talents;
which, according to the former writer, amounted to 450,000,000 imperials, or rix dollars; and, according to the latter, they made of our money 3,750,000 pounds:
and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand
talents of iron;
the weight of each of which were so much.
F12 Ut supra. (Physica Sacra, vol. 4. p. 631.)
F13 Ut supra. (Physica Sacra, vol. 4. p. 631.)
F14 Eisenschmidius apud Scheuchzer. ib. p. 635.