Matthew 26:15
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English Standard Version
and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
and said, What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they weighed unto him thirty pieces of silver.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver.

English Revised Version
and said, What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they weighed unto him thirty pieces of silver.

Webster's Bible Translation
And said, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him to you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Weymouth New Testament
and said, "What are you willing to give me if I betray him to you?" So they weighed out to him thirty shekels,

Matthew 26:15 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

What will ye give? (τί θέλετέ μοι δοῦναι?)

Rather, What are ye willing to give me? It brings out the chaffering aspect of the transaction. So Rev.

They covenanted with him for (ἔστησαν αὐτῷ)

But the meaning is, they weighed unto him; or, very literally, they placed for him (in the balance). Although coined shekels were in circulation, weighing appears to have been practised, especially when considerable sums were paid out of the temple-treasury.

Thirty pieces of silver (τριάκοντα ἀργύρια)

Matthew refers to Zechariah 11:12. These pieces were shekels of the sanctuary, of standard weight, and therefore heavier than the ordinary shekel. See on Matthew 17:24. Reckoning the Jerusalem shekel at seventy-two cents, the sum would be twenty-one dollars and sixty cents. This was the price which, by the Mosaic law, a man was condemned to pay if his ox should gore a servant (Exodus 21:32). Our Lord, the sacrifice for men, was paid for out of the temple-money, destined for the purchase of sacrifices. He who "took on him the form of a servant" was sold at the legal price of a slave.

Matthew 26:15 Parallel Commentaries

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What.

Genesis 38:16 And he turned to her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray you, let me come in to you...

Judges 16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lies...

Judges 17:10 And Micah said to him, Dwell with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten shekels of silver by the year...

Judges 18:19,20 And they said to him, Hold your peace, lay your hand on your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest...

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way...

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts...

2 Peter 2:3,14,15 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not...

thirty. Probably shekels or staters, as some read, which, reckoning the shekels at

3s., with Prideaux, would amount to about

Matthew 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.

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10s., the price for the meanest slave! (See Ex.

Matthew 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and you...

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Matthew 27:3-5 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself...

Genesis 37:26-28 And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood...

Zechariah 11:12,13 And I said to them, If you think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver...

Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the middle...

Cross References
Exodus 21:32
If the ox gores a slave, male or female, the owner shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

Zechariah 11:12
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.

Matthew 10:4
Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Matthew 26:16
And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Matthew 27:3
Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,

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