(1.) מִשַׂאֵת, maseth', something taken up, e.g. tribute (2Ch 24:6,9; elsewhere "gift," "mess," etc.);
(2.) for συνάγω, to contribute (Baruch 1:6);
(3.) λογία, a pecuniary collection (1Co 16:1; "gathering," ver. 2). SEE ASSESSMENT.
In the apostolic age the Christians of Palestine were more straitened than other churches, and this might be from their being assailed with every cort of oppression by the Jews. The activity of Paul in taking up collections on their behalf is evident from what is said in Ac 24:17; Ro 15:25-26; 2Co 8; 2Co 9, and Ga 2:10. For this purpose the apostle, in 1Co 16:2, says, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store as God hath prospered him." The reason why this day was appointed for this purpose seems to be that, by the early Christians, the first day of the week was observed as the Sabbath of the Lord; and consequently, as on that day they commemorated that which formed the great bond of union between them and other Christians, it was the most suitable occasion for their displaying their love in the way prescribed, and also the time when they would be most liberal (1Co 16:1-3). SEE ALMS.