126 Judas agrees to betray Jesus.

Zechariah 11:12–13; Matthew 26:1–5, 14–16; Mark 14:1–2, 10–11; Luke 21:37–38; 22:1–6

How well did the disciples understand what Jesus was saying about being betrayed and crucified (Matthew 26:1–2)?

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Why did Jewish leaders think arresting Jesus could be a serious problem (Matthew 26:3–5)?

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Why were Jewish leaders so excited when Judas showed up (Mark 14:10–11)?

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How concerned was Judas about the amount of money he would be paid (Matthew 26:15)?

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Why did Matthew connect the betrayal amount to what the prophet Zechariah wrote (Matthew 26:15)?

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Why did Matthew connect the betrayal amount to what the prophet Zechariah wrote (Matthew 26:15)?

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During the day, Jesus taught in the Temple, and people came early to hear him. He spent each night on the Mount of Olives. When Jesus had finished his discourse, he said to his disciples, “As you know, Passover begins in two days. By then, the Son of Man will be betrayed and crucified.”

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Matthew 26:1–2 When Jesus had finished his discourse, he said to his disciples, “As you know, Passover begins in two days. By then, the Son of Man will be betrayed and crucified.”
Mark 14:1 Two days before Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the chief priests and teachers of the Law sought a means to covertly capture Jesus and put him to death.
Luke 21:37–38 During the day, Jesus taught in the Temple. He spent each night on the Mount of Olives. People came early to hear him in the Temple.
Luke 22:1 It was almost time for Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
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Matthew 26:1–2 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
Luke 21:37–38 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.
Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

At that moment, the chief priests and teachers of the Law had convened at the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest, to plot how they would covertly capture Jesus and put him to death. They feared how the people might react. “We must not do it during the feast,” they said, “or we will cause a riot.”

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Matthew 26:3–5 At that moment, the chief priests and Jewish leaders had convened at the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest, to plot how they would covertly capture Jesus and put him to death. We must not do it during the feast,” they said, “or we will cause a riot.”
Mark 14:1–2 Two days before Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the chief priests and teachers of the Law sought a means to covertly capture Jesus and put him to death. “We must not do it during the feast,” they said, “or we will cause a riot.”
Luke 22:2 The chief priests and teachers of the Law sought a means to covertly capture Jesus and put him to death, because they feared how the people might react.
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Matthew 26:3–5 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
Mark 14:1–2 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.
Luke 22:2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, thought of a devilish plan, left the other disciples, and talked to the chief priests and teachers of the Law about how he could betray Jesus to them. They were delighted.

Eyewitness

Matthew 26:14 Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the chief priests
Mark 14:10–11 Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the chief priests with an offer to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted and promised to pay, so he looked for a good place and time when he could hand him over.
Luke 22:3–5 Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, thought of a devilish plan, left the other disciples, and talked to the chief priests and teachers of the Law about how he could betray Jesus to them. They were delighted and promised to pay,
King James

Matthew 26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Mark 14:10–11 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
Luke 22:3–5 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.

“How much will you pay me to deliver him to you?” Judas asked.

Eyewitness

Matthew 26:15 and said, “How much will you pay me to deliver him to you?” So they reached an agreement to pay him thirty pieces of silver.
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Matthew 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

They promised to pay him thirty pieces of silver, so he agreed and looked for a good place and time when he could hand him over without any people around.

Eyewitness

Zechariah 11:12 I told them, “If you like my offer, pay me. Otherwise, forget it.” So they counted out my money, thirty pieces of silver.
Matthew 26:15–16 and said, “How much will you pay me to deliver him to you?” So they reached an agreement to pay him thirty pieces of silver. After that, he looked for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
Mark 14:10–11 Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the chief priests with an offer to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted and promised to pay, so he looked for a good place and time when he could hand him over.
Luke 22:5–6 They were delighted and promised to pay, so he agreed and looked for a good place and time when he could hand him over without any people around.
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Zechariah 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
Matthew 26:15–16 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
Mark 14:10–11 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
Luke 22:5–6 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.