I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver." Zechariah 11.12
The words of the prophet Zechariah, not the disciple Judas Iscariot! In a precipient gesture, the prophet continues: "And the LORD said to me, 'Throw it to the potter'— the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD."
Everything and everyone has their price - or do they? Our obsession with economic value can blind us to what true worth looks like. When we say something is "priceless" is that simply because it exceeds our economic scale?
If we fail to learn how to appreciate things and people - and, especially, God - for their true worth, we risk making the tragic error which led Judas to betray his Master at the price - not simply of 30 pieces of silver - but of his soul.