139 Judas commits suicide.

Zechariah 11:12–13; Matthew 27:3–10; Acts 1:18

Why did Judas regret his actions after Jesus was condemned (Matthew 27:3)?

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If Judas knew Jesus was an innocent man, why did he betray him (Matthew 27:3–4)?

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What facts indicate that the Jewish leaders knew they had condemned an innocent man (Matthew 27:3–4)?

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What did Judas intend to gain by giving the money back (Matthew 27:5)?

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Matthew says Judas hanged himself (Matthew 27:5), but Luke says he fell to his death (Acts 1:18). How can both details be correct?

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Why didn’t the chief priest put the money that had been paid to Judas back into the Temple treasury (Matthew 27:6–8)?

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How did the prophet Zechariah know what would happen (Matthew 27:9–10)? Why is his prediction important?

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When Judas, the traitor, saw that Jesus had been condemned, he was sorry for his actions. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests and Jewish leaders. “I have sinned,” he said, “by betraying an innocent man.”

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Matthew 27:3–4 When Judas, the traitor, saw that Jesus had been condemned, he was sorry for his actions. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests and Jewish leaders. “I have sinned,” he said, “by betraying an innocent man.” “What does that have to do with us?” they asked. “That is your problem.”
King James

Matthew 27:3–4 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

“What does that have to do with us?” they said. “That is your problem.”

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Matthew 27:4 “I have sinned,” he said, “by betraying an innocent man.” “What does that have to do with us?” they said. “That is your problem.”
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Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

He flung the silver across the Temple floor, left, and hanged himself. When he fell to his death, his body split open, and his intestines spilled out.

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Matthew 27:5 He flung the silver across the Temple floor, left, and hanged himself.
Acts 1:18 With the money he received from his treachery, the field where he fell to his death was purchased, where his body split open and his intestines spilled out.
King James

Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

The chief priests gathered the pieces of silver but questioned what to do with them. “This is blood money, so we cannot put it in the Temple treasury.” After further discussion, they used the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. That is why the place became known as The Field of Blood.

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Matthew 27:6–8 The chief priests gathered the pieces of silver but questioned what to do with them. “This is blood money, so we cannot put it in the Temple treasury.” After further discussion, they used the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. That is why the place became known as The Field of Blood.
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Matthew 27:6–8 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

This fulfilled the words of Jeremiah the prophet: They took the thirty pieces of silver, the value that Israel’s people placed on him, and bought the potter’s field as God commanded.

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Zechariah 11:12–13 I told them, “If you like my offer, pay me. Otherwise, forget it.” So they counted out my money, thirty pieces of silver. And God said, “Give it to the potter, the great amount they thought I was worth.” So I took the thirty pieces of silver to God’s Temple and threw them to the potter.
Matthew 27:9–10 This fulfilled the words of Jeremiah the prophet: They took the thirty pieces of silver, the value that Israel’s people placed on him, and bought the potter’s field as God commanded.
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Zechariah 11:12–13 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. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.
Matthew 27:9–10 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.