Judas’s reward for leading the Jews to arrest Jesus was thirty pieces of silver. The gospels contradict each other, however, concerning when Judas was paid for his betrayal.
According to Matthew, when Judas agreed to betray Jesus, he was paid in advance:
Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. [Matthew 26:14-16, NRSV]
Luke describes an agreement to pay Judas, but unlike Matthew doesn’t state whether the money changed hands immediately:
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present. [Luke 22:3-6, NRSV]
Mark’s account is clearer than Luke’s, with Judas receiving only a promise of money:
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. [Mark 14:10-11, NRSV]
So did Judas receive payment as soon as he agreed to betray Jesus?
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