Had not wherewith to pay (mh econto autou apodounai). There is no "wherewith" in the Greek. This idiom is seen in Luke 7:42 ; Luke 14:14 ; Hebrews 6:13 . Genitive absolute though auton in the same clause as often in the N.T. To be sold (praqhnai). First aorist passive infinitive of pipraskw. This was according to the law ( Exodus 22:3 ; Leviticus 25:39Leviticus 25:47 ). Wife and children were treated as property in those primitive times.