The Exact Amount

Zechariah 11:12, 13, “Then I said to them, ‘If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.’ And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter – the lordly price at which I was priced by them.’ So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.” ESV

“These verses predict Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus. According to the Mosaic law, thirty shekels was the price that the owner of an ox was to give as comparison in the event that the animal gored another man’s slave (Exodus 21:32). A quality slave brought twice as much. The irony of Zechariah’s words is heightened by describing the price as ‘lordly’ (cf. Matthew 26:14-15). The blood money paid for Christ did indeed go to the potter for his field (cf. Matthew 27:3-10).” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible Notes

Zechariah prophesied 500 years before Christ was born. He recorded, not only the exact amount paid, but also that the money would go to a potter.

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