Zechariah 11:12

12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.

Zechariah 11:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
ESV
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.
NLT
12 And I said to them, “If you like, give me my wages, whatever I am worth; but only if you want to.” So they counted out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
MSG
12 Then I addressed them: "Pay me what you think I'm worth." They paid me an insulting sum, counting out thirty silver coins.
CSB
12 Then I said to them, "If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep [them]." So they weighed my wages, 30 pieces of silver.

Zechariah 11:12 Meaning and Commentary

Zechariah 11:12

And I said unto them, If ye think good
Not to the poor of the flock that waited on him, and knew the word of the Lord, and valued it; but to the other Jews that despised Christ and his Gospel:

give me my price;
or, "give my price" F9; what I am valued at by you, to Judas the betrayer: or the price due unto him for feeding the flock, such as faith in him, love to him, reverence and worship of him. So the Targum paraphrases it, "do my will". Kimchi says the price is repentance, and good works:

and if not, forbear;
unless all is done freely, willingly, and cheerfully; see ( Ezekiel 2:5 Ezekiel 2:7 ) or, if worth nothing, give nothing:

So they weighed for my price thirty [pieces] of silver;
the price a servant was valued at, ( Exodus 21:32 ) see the fulfilment of this prophecy in ( Matthew 26:15 ) . The Jews own F11 that this prophecy belongs to the Messiah; but wrongly interpret it of thirty precepts given by him: in just retaliation and righteous judgment, thirty Jews were sold by the Romans for a penny, by way of contempt of them F12.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (yrbv wbh) "date mercedem meam", Vatablus, Calvin, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius.
F11 Bereshit Rabba, sect. 98. fol. 85. 3.
F12 Egesippus de Urb. excidio Anacep. p. 680.

Zechariah 11:12 In-Context

10 Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations.
11 It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the LORD.
12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.
13 And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD.
14 Then I broke my second staff called Union, breaking the family bond between Judah and Israel.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Genesis 23:16; Exodus 21:32; Matthew 26:15