penny

penny

A word that occurs four times in the NRSV to indicate a coin of little value. In (Matt 5:26 and Mark 12:42) the term “penny” is used for a Roman quadrans, which was worth 1⁄40 of a denarius (or about 1⁄40 of a typical day’s wage). In (Matt 10:29), the term is used for a Roman assarion, which was worth 1⁄10 of a denarius, and in (Luke 12:59), it is used for a Roman lepton, which was worth half a quadrans, or 1⁄80 of a denarius.

Matt 5:26

26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Mark 12:42

42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.

Matt 10:29

29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Luke 12:59

59I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”

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