Mentioned frequently in the Bible; Joseph in Egypt had a silver cup (Gen. 44: 2); silver was used for articles needed in the Temple (Neh. 7: 71), for the purchase of goods (Josh. 24: 32), and for decorating idols (Isa. 2: 20). In the NT silver is either mentioned bitterly, as the thirty pieces awarded to Judas for betraying Jesus, or in deprecation as a corrupting influence (Jas. 5: 3) or as an unnecessary luxury (Matt. 10: 9).