a bag for money. The Hebrews, when on a journey, were provided with a bag, in which they carried their money, ( Genesis 42:35 ; Proverbs 1:14 ; 7:20 ; Isaiah 46:6 ) and, if they were merchants, also their weights. ( 25:13 ; Micah 6:11 ) This bag is described in the New Testament by the terms balantion (bag) ( Luke 10:4 ; 12:33 ; Luke 22:35 Luke 22:38 ) and glossokomon (originally the bag in which musicians carried the mouth-pieces of their Instruments). ( John 12:6 ; 13:29 ) The girdle also served as a purse. ( Matthew 10:9 ; Mark 6:8 ) Ladies wore ornamental purses. ( Isaiah 3:24 ) [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Purse,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.