Falling headlong - and all his bowels gushed out (Acts 1:18)

"Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out." - Acts 1:18

Today a friend of mine asked me to explain the seeming contradiction between this verse and Matthew 27:5 in relation to how Judas died and also who the "Field of Blood" was purchased by. It's an interesting question and we did some research together to come to some sort of conclusion.

I'm not particularly interested in discussing the possible contradiction (suffice it to say that I don't think there is one), but rather the word choice. It says Judas fell headlong. This reminds me of one of my favorite verses in the Psalms:

"The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
when he delights in his way;  
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORD upholds his hand." - Psalms 37:23-24

I'm just thinking about how Judas must have not be delighting in the way of the Lord. I know, it seems obvious he wasn't if he was betraying the savior. But how interesting it is that the same word here - at least in English (and if you know the Hebrew and Greek in these two situations maybe you can shed some more light) - is the same as in the Psalms.

I want so badly to desire the Lord and to walk in His path. I want to delight in His ways and be upheld by His hand. I'm sure we all hope for a better ending than Judas. Apparently the answer is here - delighting in the way of the Lord.