Matthew 27:7

7 They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless.

Matthew 27:7 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 27:7

And they took counsel
With one another, considered of the matter, and deliberated about it a while; and at last came to a resolution,

and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in:
a field of no great value, or it could not have been bought so near Jerusalem for so small a sum as thirty pieces of silver. Grotius's conjecture seems to be a good one, that it was a field the potter had dug up for his use, and had made the most of it; so that it was good for nothing, but for the purpose for which these men bought it, "to bury strangers in": either such as were not of their own nation, as the Roman soldiers, many of which were among them, and who they did not suffer to be buried among them; or proselytes, or such as came from distant parts, at their three festivals, many of whom may be supposed to die at such times: now by this act of humanity in providing for the interment of strangers, they designed, and hoped to have covered their wickedness in bargaining with Judas to betray innocent blood, for this sure of money; but it was so ordered by divine providence, that this became a public and lasting memorial of their sin and infamy: for it follows,

Matthew 27:7 In-Context

5 Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself.
6 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."
7 They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless.
8 That's how the field got called "Murder Meadow," a name that has stuck to this day.
9 Then Jeremiah's words became history: They took the thirty silver pieces, The price of the one priced by some sons of Israel,
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