Farthing [N] [S]

  • Matthew 10:29 ; Luke 12:6 . Greek assarion, i.e., a small as , which was a Roman coin equal to a tenth of a denarius or drachma, nearly equal to a halfpenny of our money.

  • Matthew 5:26 ; Mark 12:42 (Gr. kodrantes), the quadrant, the fourth of an as , equal to two lepta, mites. The lepton (mite) was the very smallest copper coin.

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
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    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Farthing". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Farthing

    A small coin of little worth.

    Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost FARTHING. ( Matthew 5:25-26 )

    Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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    "Entry for 'Farthing'". A King James Dictionary.

    Farthing. [N] [E]

    Two names of coins in the New Testament are rendered in the Authorized Version by this word:

    1. Quadrans , ( Matthew 5:26 ; Mark 12:42 ) a coin current in the time of our Lord, equivalent to three-eights of a cent;
    2. The assarion , equal to one cent and a half, ( Matthew 10:29 ; Luke 12:6 )

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Farthing'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.



    The rendering of two words in the Greek of the New Testament, assarion, and kodrantes, Latin quadrans. The assarion was the tenth part of the denarius, and hence in value about one penny or two centuries The quadrans was the fourth part of the Roman as, and worth only about three mills, or less than the English farthing, and is the only term rendered farthing by the American Standard Revised Version. It occurs in Matthew 5:26 and Mark 12:42, while assarion, which occurs in Matthew 10:29 and Luke 12:6, is rendered "penny" by the American Standard Revised Version.

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    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'FARTHING'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.