11 So it was annulled that very day, and then the most afflicted of the flock who kept faith with me knew that it was the Lord’s message. 12 Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, pay me my wages, but if not, forget it.” So they weighed out my payment—30 pieces of silver. 13 The Lord then said to me, “Throw to the potter that exorbitant sum at which they valued me!” So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the temple of the Lord. 14 Then I cut the second staff “Union” in two in order to annul the covenant of brotherhood between Judah and Israel. 15 Again the Lord said to me, “Take up once more the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
5 So Judas threw the silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went out and hanged himself. 6 The chief priests took the silver and said, “It is not lawful to put this into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 After consulting together they bought the Potter’s Field with it, as a burial place for foreigners. 8 For this reason that field has been called the “Field of Blood” to this day. 9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the 30 silver coins, the price of the one whose price had been set by the people of Israel,
Notes and References
"... When Judas threw the pieces of silver into “the sanctuary,” the “blood money” for the betrayal of Jesus has landed in the heart of the temple. The chief priests and the elders implicate themselves by acknowledging that the money they paid out is the price of blood that would defile the temple treasury. Since cemeteries were already unclean, they use the tainted money to purchase a field in which to bury foreigners. Their question, “What does it have to do with us?” however, has been answered. It is almost as if the Passover requirement that the blood of the lamb be offered on “the threshold of the altar” (Jubilees 49:20) has been met, but in this case it produces an ominous foreboding of doom. This incident leads to the last fulfillment quotation in Matthew (27:9-10). The quotation comes primarily from Zechariah 11:13; but Jeremiah, who mentions a potter, “the blood of the innocent,” the renaming of a field, a burial ground (19:1-13), and the purchase of a field (32:6-15), is cited as the source. Zechariah 11:13 has been studied, touched up, and interpreted in light of Jeremiah’s prophecy of doom for Israel (Jer 19:3, 7, 11; see 2:17). The latter is specifically cited perhaps to draw attention to the subtle allusions that might otherwise be overlooked and perhaps because the name Jeremiah summons an aura of judgment associated with his message ..."
Garland, David E. Reading Matthew: A Literary and Theological Commentary (p. 260) Smyth & Helwys, 2001
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