Matthew 26:14

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

Matthew 26:14 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 26:14

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot
Who was provoked and exasperated, to the last degree, by this action of the woman, and Christ's defence of it, and because the ointment was not sold, and the money put into his hand; and being instigated by Satan, who had now entered into him, formed a scheme in his mind to betray his master, and was resolved to put it in execution, whereby he might, in some measure, satisfy both his avarice and revenge; and, as an aggravation of this his wickedness, he is described, as "one of the twelve": of his twelve disciples; so the Persic and Ethiopic versions: this is a way of speaking used by the Jews F11; they call the twelve lesser prophets, (rve Mynv) or (rve yrt) "the twelve", without any other word added thereunto. He was not an open enemy, nor one of Christ's common hearers, nor one of the seventy disciples, but one of his twelve apostles, whom he made his intimates and associates; whom he selected from all others, and called, qualified, and sent forth to preach his Gospel, and perform miracles: it was one of these that meditated the delivery of him into the hands of his enemies, and never left pursuing his scheme till he had effected it, even Judas Iscariot by name; so called, to distinguish him from another disciple, whose name was also Judas. This man

went to the chief priests;
of his own accord, unasked, from Bethany, to Jerusalem, to Caiaphas's palace, where the chief priests, the implacable enemies of Christ, with the Scribes, and elders of the people, were met together, to consult his death: Mark adds, "to betray him unto them", ( Mark 14:10 ) , which was manifestly his intent in going to them; and Luke, that he "communed" with them "how he might betray him unto them", ( Luke 22:4 ) ; in the safest, and most private manner; and both observe that they were glad; for nothing could have fallen out more to their wishes, who were met together on this design. The Jews, in their blasphemous account of Jesus F12, say as much: they own, that Judas, or Juda, as they call him, offered to betray him into the hands of the wise men, saying to them, almost in the words expressed in the following verse,

``if you will hearken unto me, (wtwa rwoma) , "I will deliver him into your hands tomorrow";''

and which agrees very well with the time also: for it was two days before the passover that Jesus was in Bethany, where he supped with his disciples, and washed their feet, and had the box of ointment poured on his head; and on the night of the day after all this was done, Judas set out from thence to Jerusalem; see ( John 13:30 ) , so that it must be the next day before he could meet the high priests, and on the morrow, at night, he delivered him into their hands; on the proposal of which, they say, that Simeon ben Shetach, whom they make to be present at this time, and all the wise men and elders, (hlwdg hxmv wxmv) "rejoiced exceedingly".


F11 T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 14. 2. & 15. 1.
F12 Toldos Jesu, p. 16.

Matthew 26:14 In-Context

12 By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial.
13 Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her."
14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
15 and said, "What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver.
16 And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

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