Matthew 27:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 27:9, NIV: Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 'They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel,

Matthew 27:9, ESV: Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel,

Matthew 27:9, KJV: Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

Matthew 27:9, NASB: Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 'AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF THE ONE WHOSE PRICE HAD BEEN SET by the sons of Israel;

Matthew 27:9, NLT: This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says, 'They took the thirty pieces of silver--the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel,

Matthew 27:9, CSB: Then what was spoken through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him whose price was set by the Israelites,

What does Matthew 27:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verses 9 and 10 take an approach to Old Testament Scripture which seems to lose something in translation. Matthew begins by saying that the purchase of the potter's field for the price of thirty pieces of silver is the direct fulfillment of prophecy (Matthew 27:3–8). He credits this, in literal terms, to Jeremiah. Jeremiah 19:1–13 deals with these same themes. However, the exact words Matthew cites seem to come almost directly from Zechariah 11:12–13.

Scholars suggest that Matthew blended the two prophecies and mentioned only the more prominent of the two prophets. Apparently, this was not an unheard-of practice. Mark 1:2–3 does something similar, mentioning the prophet Isaiah, but quoting from both Isaiah and Malachi. The primary point Matthew means to show is that this was yet another moment in the story of Jesus which was alluded to hundreds of years earlier by the prophets.

The designated amount of thirty pieces of silver was a reference to the market value of a maimed slave (Exodus 21:32).