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Paid by Laban to Jacob in kind (Genesis 29:15; Genesis 29:20; Genesis 30:28; Genesis 31:7-8; Genesis 31:41; "I served 14 years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle".) The labourer's daily wages (misthos ) in Matthew 20 are set at one denarius ("penny") a day, 7 3/4 d. of our money; compare Tobit 5:14, "a drachm." The term opsoonia for "wages" (Luke 3:14) and Paul's words, 2 Corinthians 11:8 (opsoonion ), "charges," 1 Corinthians 9:7, imply that provisions were part of a soldier's wages. They should be paid every night (Leviticus 19:13; Deuteronomy 24:14-15; compare Job 24:11; James 5:4; Jeremiah 22:13; Malachi 3:5); spiritually, John 4:36; Romans 6:28.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Wages'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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