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Holman Bible Dictionary
In Old Testament times treasure might be stored in the king's palace (2 Kings 20:13 ) or in the Temple (1 Kings 7:51 ). In Jesus' day the term also applied to thirteen trumpet-shaped offering receptacles in the Temple court of the women where Jesus watched people make their offerings (Mark 12:41 ). “Treasure” and “treasury” are also used as illustrations or figures of speech. Israel was God's treasure (Exodus 19:5 ). This is reflected in the idea of Christians as God's own people (1 Peter 2:9 ). A person's memory is a treasure (Proverbs 2:1; Proverbs 7:1 ). Fear (awe) of the Lord was Israel's treasure (Isaiah 33:6 ).
Jesus Himself used the term frequently. He contrasted earthly treasures to those of heaven (Matthew 6:19-20 ). What a person treasures or values determines one's loyalty and priorities (Matthew 6:21 ). Paul marveled that the treasure of God's revelation of Himself in Christ had been deposited in an earthen vessel such as Paul himself (2 Corinthians 4:7 ). See Temple.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Treasure, Treasury'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/t/treasure-treasury.html. 1991.