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Ezra 8:26

Thus I weighed into their hands 650 talents of silver, and silver utensils worth 100 talents, and 100 gold talents,
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Gold;   Integrity;   Levites;   Liberality;   Money;   Priest;   Silver;   Temple;   Thompson Chain Reference - Talents;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Talent;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Sherebiah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Meremoth;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ezra, Book of;   Hashabiah;   Minerals and Metals;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ezra;   Johanan;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Babylonish Captivity, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Law in the Old Testament;   Meremoth;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ahava;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Silver vessels a hundred talents - That is, The weight of all the silver vessels amounted to one hundred talents; not that there were one hundred vessels of silver, each a talent in weight.

Reckoning in round sums, 650 talents of silver at £450 the talent, amount to £292,500 sterling. Silver vessels, 100 talents, amount to £45,000; gold, 100 talents, at £7,000 per talent, amount to £700,000 independently of the 20 basons of gold, amounting to 1000 drachms. Now the golden drachm or daric was worth about 1£. 2s., therefore these basons were worth £1100; the whole amounting to £1,038, 600 sterling. But these different weights and coins are variously computed; some making the silver talent only £353 11s. 10 1/2 d., and the talent of gold £5057 15s. 1 1/2 d., calculations which I have elsewhere introduced.

Two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold - What these were we cannot tell. The Syriac translates nechoso corinthio toba, to be vessels of the best Corinthian brass; so called from the brass found after the burning of Corinth by Lucius Mummius, which was brass, copper, gold, and silver, all melted together, as is generally supposed. But it was probably some factitious metal made there, that took the polish and assumed the brightness of gold, and because of its hardness was more durable. There is still a certain factitious metal of this kind, made among the Asiatics. I have seen this metal often made; it is as bright and fine as gold, takes a most exquisite polish, and will scarcely tarnish. I have kept this exposed to every variation of the air, even among old iron, brass, copper, etc., for twenty years together, without being scarcely at all oxidized. It requires much art in the making, but the constituent materials are of small value. Vessels of this metal, because of their lustre and durability for ornamental and domestic uses, are in many respects more valuable than gold itself. The only difficulty is to get at first the true color, which depends on the degree of heat, and the time employed in fusion; but there are, however, proper rules to ascertain them. This metal is widely different from the or molu of France and England, is less expensive, and much more valuable.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Ezra 8:26". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/ezra-8.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

I even weighed unto their hand six hundred fifty talents of silver,.... Which, according to ScheuchzerF1Physica Sacra, vol. 4. p. 651. amount to 975,000 imperials, and, of our money, 2,229,450 pounds sterling: and silver vessels one hundred talents; which came to 35,300 pounds, or 50,000 imperials; according to Jarchi, there were one hundred vessels, and every vessel weighed a talent, and so Aben Ezra, which, with BrerewoodF2De Pond. & Pret. Vet. Num. c. 4. , was three hundred and seventy five pounds:

and of gold one hundred talents; which, according to ScheuchzerF3Ut supra. (Physica Sacra, vol. 4. p. 651.) , were equal to 1,222,000 ducats of gold; the value of gold now is above 14 and a 3d to the value of silver, by which may be judged the difference between one hundred talents of gold and one hundred talents of silver; according to David de PomisF4Tzemach David, fol. 57. 3. , there were two sorts of talents; common talents, which weighed sixty pounds, and the talent of the sanctuary, which weighed double to that.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/ezra-8.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty h talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, [and] of gold an hundred talents;

(h) Read (1 Kings 9:14).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Ezra 8:26". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/ezra-8.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Ezra 8:26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, [and] of gold an hundred talents;

Ver. 26. Six hundred and fifty talents of silver] That is, 243,750 pounds sterling.

An hundred talents] That is, 37,500 pounds sterling.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Ezra 8:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/ezra-8.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

26.Six hundred and fifty talents — This amount of silver would be in weight about sixty-one thousand pounds avoirdupois, and in value over one million dollars.

A hundred talents — In weight nine thousand four hundred pounds; in value one hundred and sixty-six thousand dollars.

Gold a hundred talents — In weight eighteen thousand eight hundred pounds, and in value nearly five million six hundred and ninety thousand dollars.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Ezra 8:26". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/ezra-8.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

A hundred. Hebrew adds, "talents," vessels of silver. (Haydock) --- Some Rabbins suppose there were only 100, each of this weight, which is not probable. All the silver vessels, of different sizes, weighed 100 talents. There was the same quantity of golden vessels. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Ezra 8:26". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/ezra-8.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents;

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezra 8:26". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/ezra-8.html. 1871-8.