Matthew 27:6
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English Standard Version
But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.”

King James Bible
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

American Standard Version
And the chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the chief priests having taken the pieces of silver, said: It is not lawful to put them into the corbona, because it is the price of blood.

English Revised Version
And the chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

Weymouth New Testament
When the High Priests had gathered up the money they said, "It is illegal to put it into the Treasury, because it is the price of blood."

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Vincent's Word Studies

It is not lawful

In such cases the Jewish law provided that the money was to be restored to the donor; and if he insisted on giving it, that he should be induced to spend it for something for the public weal. This explains the apparent discrepancy between Matthew's account and that in the book of Acts (Acts 1:18). By a fiction of the law the money was still considered to be Judas', and to have been applied by him to the purchase of the potter's field.

Scarlet (κοκκίνην)

From κόκκος, cochineal, which grew in several parts of Greece. Garments of this color would seem to have been rare among the orientals. Herodotus relates that the admiration of Darius, then an officer in the army, was excited by the scarlet cloak of a Samian exile, who, on his offering to purchase it, presented it to him, and was afterward richly rewarded when Darius came to the throne (iii. 139).

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It is not.

Matthew 23:24 You blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Luke 6:7-9 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him...

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall...

to put.

Deuteronomy 23:18 You shall not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD your God for any vow...

Isaiah 61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth...

because. The Jews considered it was strictly forbidden by the Divine law to bring any filthy or iniquitous gain into the temple. For this reason they now refused to allow this money to be placed in the chest in the temple, amongst the former contributions for its repairs. In this, they were right enough, but by the very act of refusing this money, they proved themselves to be gross perverters of the spirit of God's requirements: they saw not that it was much less lawful for them, who had hired Judas to this sordid action, to be employed in the service of the temple. Those that 'bear the vessels of the Lord,' ought to be holy. Thus our Lord's words, 'Ye blind guides! ye strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.'

Cross References
Matthew 27:5
And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:7
So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.

Mark 7:11
But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, "Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban"' (that is, given to God)--

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