The Words of Judas in the Gospel of Matthew

While each Gospel reports that Jesus had twelve disciples, we only know a few of the things they said. In Matthew we hear the voice of Judas four times, in 26:15; 26:25; 26:49; 27:4.

  • “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” (26:15)
  • “Is it I, Rabbi?” (26:25)
  • “Greetings, Rabbi!” (26:49)
  • “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” (27:4)

Let’s observe some features of these lines from the mouth of Judas.

  1. The first two lines are questions, and the last two lines are statements.
  2. The middle two lines both use the title “Rabbi.”
  3. The middle two lines are both directed at Jesus.
  4. The first and last lines are both directed at the chief priests.
  5. Each line is associated in some way with Jesus’ betrayal.
  6. The first line results in Judas receiving thirty pieces of silver, while the last line results in Judas giving back the money.

Notice anything else?

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