saying, "I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man." They said, "What do we care? That's your problem!"
Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself.
The high priests picked up the silver pieces, but then didn't know what to do with them. "It wouldn't be right to give this - a payment for murder! - as an offering in the Temple."
They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless.
That's how the field got called "Murder Meadow," a name that has stuck to this day.
Then Jeremiah's words became history: They took the thirty silver pieces, The price of the one priced by some sons of Israel,
And they purchased the potter's field. And so they unwittingly followed the divine instructions to the letter.
Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: "Are you the 'King of the Jews'?" Jesus said, "If you say so."
But when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests and religious leaders, he said nothing.
Pilate asked him, "Do you hear that long list of accusations? Aren't you going to say something?"
Jesus kept silence - not a word from his mouth. The governor was impressed, really impressed.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)