Who Prophesied the Potter's Field?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Jeremiah did not prophesy about the Potter’s field (where Judas was buried)

Matthew 27:9-10

9 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;

10 And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.


   One’s attention is first drawn to the name Jeremy, and we must understand, this is the same Jeremiah in the Old Testament. Kind of how my name is Michael, yet a lot of people call me Mike. At any rate, as we study the book of Jeremiah we see that there is not a prophecy of where Judas would be buried (Potter’s field) that was bought with the money he betrayed Jesus for. Where is it found? In Zechariah.

Zechariah 11:12-13

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.

13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

   Although on the surface it seems there might be something wrong, there are two explanations for this. First is that the ancient Jews had a book of the law and a book of the prophets. The first book, in the Book of Prophets was Jeremiah, not Isaiah as we find today from the culmination of the Torah. One could make reference to the entire book by citing the name of who appeared first in it. The other, and to me more likely, is that both Jeremiah and Zechariah spoke this same prophecy, yet for whatever reason, it is only recorded in Zechariah. This does not negate the verses in Matthew as this happens in every day life even now where two people may say the same thing, yet only one of them writes about it or is given credit for it. No contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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