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Piece of Money

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Two words are thus rendered in the King James Version ( קשׂיטה , ḳesı̄ṭah ; στατήρ , statḗr ). the Revised Version (British and American) gives only the first this rendering ( Job 42:11 ). It is supposed to be from Arabic ḳassaṭ , "to divide equally by weight," and hence, something weighed; a piece of silver weighed for money, and perhaps stamped with its weight. The stater is the well-known Greek weight and coin (Matthew 17:27 the King James Version, margin, "stater," the Revised Version (British and American) "shekel"). In gold it was equal to about a guinea or five dollars, but in silver only to about 66 cents (in 1915).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Piece of Money'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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