The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible2 Kings 5:5
And the king of Syria said, go to, go…
On what Naaman
related to him from what the maid had said, he urged him by all means
to go directly to Samaria:
and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel;
recommending him to
use his interest in his behalf; this was Jehoram the son of Ahab:
and he departed;
set out on his journey immediately, as soon as he
and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of
partly for the expenses of his journey, and partly to make
presents to the king of Israel's servants, and especially to the
prophet; a talent of silver, according to Brerewood F4, was three
hundred and seventy five pounds of our money; but, according to Bishop
Cumberland's F5 exact calculation, it was three hundred and fifty and
three pounds eleven shillings and ten and an half pence the pieces of
gold are, by the Targum, called golden pence, and a golden penny,
according to the first of the above writers F6, was of the value of
our money fifteen shillings; so that these amounted to 4500 pounds
and ten changes of raiment;
both for his own use, and presents.
F4 De Ponder. & Pret. Vet. Num. c. 4.
F5 Scripture Weights and Measures, c. 4. p. 120.
F6 Ut supra, (De Ponder. & Pret. Vet. Num.) c. 3.