* the king's.
19:2 22:3,12 2Sa 8:17 20:25
* scribe. or, secretary. put up. Heb. bound up.
* in bags.
Sir J. Chardin informs us, "it is a custom of Persia always to
seal up bags of money; and the money of the king's treasure is
not told, but is received by bags sealed up." These are what
are called in the East purses; each of which, as Maillet
informs us, contains money to the amount of 1,500; livres, or
about 63(9c2e) of our money. The money thus collected for the
reparation of the temple, seems, in like manner, to have been
reckoned in bags of equal value to each other; as we can
scarcely imagine the placing it in bags would otherwise have
been mentioned. The value of a Jewish purse is unknown; but
the bags mentioned in ch. 5:23, amounted to a talent.