|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
The Christians in Palestine, from various causes, suffered from poverty. Paul awakened an interest in them among the Gentile churches, and made pecuniary collections in their behalf (Acts 24:17; Romans 15:25, 26; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 2:10).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) The act or process of collecting or of gathering; as, the collection of specimens.
2. (n.) That which is collected
3. (n.) A gathering or assemblage of objects or of persons.
4. (n.) A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for freewill offerings.
5. (n.) That which is obtained in payment of demands.
6. (n.) An accumulation of any substance.
7. (n.) The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred.
8. (n.) The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(1) In the Old Testament (mas'eth, "something taken up"), used in 2 Chronicles 24:6, 9 the King James Version with reference to the tax prescribed in Exodus 30:12, 16; the Revised Version (British and American) "tax."
(2) In the New Testament "collection" is the translation given to logia, found only twice (classical, sulloge). It is used with reference to the collection which Paul took up in the Gentilechurches for the poor Christians in Jerusalem, as, for some reason, perhaps more severe persecutions, that church was especially needy (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2; verse 2 the King James Version "gatherings"). Other words, such as bounty, contribution, blessing, alms, ministration, are used to indicate this same ministry. Paul seems to have ascribed to it great importance. Therefore, he planned it carefully long in advance; urged systematic, weekly savings for it; had delegates carefully chosen to take it to Jerusalem; and, in spite of dangers, determined himself to accompany them. Evidently he thought it the crowning act of his work in the provinces of Galatia, Asia, Macedonia and Achaia, for as soon as it was finished he purposed to go to Rome and the West (Acts 24:17 Romans 15:25, 26 2 Corinthians 8; 2 Corinthians 9).
See also COMMUNION. G. H. Trever
Collection (7 Occurrences)
Matthew 9:9 As Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax collection office. He said to him, "Follow me." He got up and followed him. (WEB)
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I commanded the assemblies of Galatia, you do likewise. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Genesis 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the collection of waters he called Seas: and God saw that it was good. (WBS YLT)
Leviticus 11:36 Only -- a fountain or pit, a collection of water, is clean, but that which is coming against their carcase is unclean; (YLT)
2 Chronicles 24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness? (KJV WBS)
2 Chronicles 24:9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness. (KJV WBS)
Isaiah 57:13 Your false gods will not keep you safe in answer to your cry; but the wind will take them, they will be gone like a breath: but he who puts his hope in me will take the land, and will have my holy mountain as his heritage. (See NAS RSV NIV)