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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
NAPKIN ( soudarion ). The cloth in which the unprofitable servant wrapped the money of his lord ( Luke 19:20 ); used to bind the face of the dead ( John 11:44; John 20:7 ); carried, possibly as indicated by the name (Lat. sudarium ), to wipe off perspiration ( Acts 19:12 ). The Arabic renders mandÃ®l , which may be either ‘towel,’ ‘napkin,’ ‘veil,’ or ‘head-band.’ See also Dress, Â§Â§ 5 ( a ), 8.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Napkin'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/n/napkin.html. 1909.