Related: In what sense did Judas betray Jesus?

Very related: Does Scripture imply that Judas knew that the high-priests and elders' goal was to have Jesus killed?

From Matthew 26:14-16:

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

From Matthew 27:3:

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.

Why was he filled with remorse only after he saw that Jesus had been condemned? He had evidently planned the betrayal out very carefully and well in advance, so why then? Given the fact that he seems to have known about the plot to kill Jesus, why does he seem surprised by this outcome?

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    Is not it in the very nature of every sin? One fornicates, and just before and during the fornication he may not think of the consequence, but feel a kind of unreflected bliss; but when the affair is ended, he, then only, feels emptiness, pangs of conscience, remorse, self-loath even; Judas - no way different: he gradually had been betraying Jesus, getting annoyed with His supra-national and supra-practical teachings, clinging to his own limited understanding of Messiah; eventually, this logically led him to the outright treason of his Teacher. But then conscience and with it remorse returned. May 8 '19 at 6:58
  • Judas might have thought we as forcing Jesus' hand to use the power he showed during miracles to take over the situation. Instead Jesus willingly gave up his life John 10:18. But if so, Judas didn't listen.
    – Perry Webb
    May 8 '19 at 9:18
  • @LevanGigineishvili That could be an answer. May 8 '19 at 12:46
  • @EJoshuaS Thanks for your comment; glad if my response was of use for you! May 8 '19 at 20:03

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