Here’s the thing about 30 pieces of silver: you can buy a lot of stuff with 30 pieces of silver.
You could buy a pretty big field with that kind of money.
The people who have the power and resources to pay you that kind of money will demand respect and regard. Don’t rock the boat with them.
What can the people in front of you deliver today? Can they beat 30 pieces of silver?
Who knows what could happen next. Is there any guarantee about tomorrow? Doesn’t it sound wise to steward those 30 pieces of silver well?
You could invest those 30 pieces of silver and get yourself some security for the future. You could even donate some of it to charity.
Are you really giving up so much for those 30 pieces of silver?
Doesn’t wisdom say to make alliances with people who can take care of you, give them what they want, and take your 30 pieces of silver to the bank? Wouldn’t that be the respectable thing to do?
Don’t look at the consequences or fall out of your choice. Compromise always has some unsavory aspects. But focus on the prize: those 30 pieces of silver.
You’ll be set up for years to come with 30 pieces of silver. You may not have the higher moral ground, but the higher moral ground isn’t going to protect you, offer security, or take care of the stuff you worry about at night.
They didn’t tell you how great those 30 pieces of silver are.
You can buy a lot with 30 pieces of silver.