Matthew 27:6

Overview - Matthew 27
Christ is delivered bound to Pilate.
Judas hangs himself.
19 Pilate, admonished of his wife,
20 and being urged by the multitude, washes his hands, and looses Barabbas.
27 Christ is mocked and crowned with thorns;
33 crucified;
39 reviled;
50 dies, and is buried;
62 his sepulchre is sealed and watched.
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Matthew 27:6  (King James Version)
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.

It is not
23:24 Luke 6:7-9 ; John 18:28

to put
Deuteronomy 23:18 ; Isaiah 61:8

The Jews considered it was strictly forbidden by the Divine law to bring any filthy or iniquitous gain into the temple. For this reason they now refused to allow this money to be placed in the chest in the temple, amongst the former contributions for its repairs. In this, they were right enough, but by the very act of refusing this money, they proved themselves to be gross perverters of the spirit of God's requirements: they saw not that it was much less lawful for them, who had hired Judas to this sordid action, to be employed in the service of the temple. Those that "bear the vessels of the Lord," ought to be holy. Thus our Lord's words, "Ye blind guides! ye strain at a gnat and swallow a camel."