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Easton's Bible Dictionary


(1.) Mat 10:29; Luk 12:6. Greek assarion, i.e., a small as, which was a Roman coin equal to a tenth of a denarius or drachma, nearly equal to a halfpenny of our money.

(2.) Mat 5:26; Mar 12:42 (Gr. kodrantes), the quadrant, the fourth of an as, equal to two lepta, mites. The lepton (mite) was the very smallest copper coin.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


far'-thing: The rendering of two words in the Greek of the New Testament, assarion, and kodrantes, Latin quadrans. The assarion was the tenth part of the denarius, and hence in value about one penny or two centuries The quadrans was the fourth part of the Roman as, and worth only about three mills, or less than the English farthing, and is the only term rendered farthing by the American Standard Revised Version. It occurs in Mt 5:26 and Mr 12:42, while assarion, which occurs in Mt 10:29 and Lu 12:6, is rendered "penny" by the American Standard Revised Version.

King James Dictionary

Farthing: A Small Coin of Little Worth.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost FARTHING. (Matthew 5:25-26)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g787 Greek: assarion


a diminutive of the Latin as, was one-tenth of a drachma, or one-sixteenth of a Roman denarius, i.e., about three farthings, Mat 10:29; Luk 12:6.

2 Strong's Number: g2835 Greek: kodrantes


was the Latin quadrans, "the fourth part of an as" (see No. 1), about two thirds of a farthing, Mat 5:26; Mar 12:42.

Smith's Bible Dictionary


Two names of coins in the New Testament are rendered in the Authorized Version by this word:

(1.) Quadrans (Matthew 5:26; Mark 12:42) a coin current in the time of our Lord, equivalent to three‐eights of a cent;

(2.) The assarion, equal to one cent and a half (Matthew 10:29; Luke 12:6).

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