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Easton's Bible Dictionary


(Jhn 11:44; 20:7; Lat. sudarium, a "sweat-cloth"), a cloth for wiping the sweat from the face. But the word is used of a wrapper to fold money in (Luk 19:20), and as an article of dress, a "handkerchief" worn on the head (Act 19:12).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


nap'-kin (soudarion; Latin sudarium): In Lu 19:20, the cloth in which the "unprofitable servant" wrapped the money of his lord; compare Joh 11:44; 20:7.



Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4676 Greek: soudarion


, for which see HANDKERCHIEF, is translated "napkin" in Luk 19:20; Jhn 11:44; 20:7. In Luk 19:20 the reference may be to a towel or any kind of linen cloth or even a sort of head-dress, any of which might be used for concealing money.

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