In this sentence:

One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God.

What does "a merchant of expensive purple cloth" means?

Does it mean that Lydia is a merchant who always wore expensive purple cloth or does it mean that Lydia is a merchant who was currently wearing expensive purple cloth ?

Or does it mean something else altogether ?

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    In the Authorised Version, it is translated "a seller of purple" which makes this point clear, but implies that she sold the dye rather than the cloth. – Tim Lymington Sep 9 '11 at 10:35

"[M]erchant of (x)" just means that one is a seller of item x; in this case, Lydia sells the expensive purple cloth.

As a historical note, purple was/is the color of royalty, and being a rare dye, it was a much sought-after and expensive dye.

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