[quote="TimothyH, post:18, topic:338660"]
It might seem like a fondness for hyperbole or exaggeration but that is not really the case.
We have to remember that Jesus was a rabbi. Rabbis have a specific way of thinking, writing and especially teaching. They use very specific teaching techniques which are far from fondness for exaggeration. It is a very semitic way of teaching.
Jesus was using a teaching technique called remez which means to hint. A rabbi would very quickly cite a word or an idea from the Jewish Scriptures and this would immediately bring to mind not only the word or passage cited but the location from which it was drawn and the theme in that part of the scripture.
Jesus was most likely hinting at Job who insisted several times that wished he had never been born. Job eventually repented in dust and ashes. Judas did not.
I will have to respectfully disagree. From a Catholic Answers tract:
*Christ used hyperbole often, for example when he declared, "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell" (Matt. 5:29, cf. 18:9; Mark 9:47). Christ certainly did not intend this to be applied literally, for otherwise all Christians would be blind amputees! (cf. 1 John 1:8; 1 Tim. 1:15). We are all subject to "the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life" (1 John 2:16).
Since Jesus is demonstrably using hyperbole when he says not to call anyone our father—else we would not be able to refer to our earthly fathers as such—we must read his words carefully and with sensitivity to the presence of hyperbole if we wish to understand what he is saying.*
Jesus did use hyperbole alot. Whether or not this particular saying was a reference to Job is besides the point. As others have already said, Judas' return of his payment as well as his suicide strongly imply a great sense of guilt, shame and despair. The Church does not teach definitively that Judas is in Hell because we cannot know whether God may have made a special intervention so that Judas might have had an opportunity, before his soul was separated from his body, in which he may have been able to turn that despair and shame which drove him to suicide into true contrition and repentance.