Hide me from the scheming of the wicked, from the mob of evildoers,
who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows,
shooting from concealed places at the innocent. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.
They encourage each other in an evil plan; they talk about hiding traps and say, "Who will see them?"
They devise crimes [and say,] "We have perfected a secret plan." The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
and he killed James, John's brother, with the sword.
When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter too, during the days of Unleavened Bread.
Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and rescued me from Herod's grasp and from all that the Jewish people expected."
At once an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give the glory to God, and he became infected with worms and died.
See, my father! Look at the corner of your robe in my hand, for I cut it off, but I didn't kill you. Look and recognize that there is no evil or rebellion in me. I haven't sinned against you even though you are hunting me down to take my life.
and said to David, "You are more righteous than I, for you have done what is good to me though I have done what is evil to you.
Bloodthirsty men hate an honest person, but the upright care about him.
An unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked.
[Your] eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous? Why are You silent while one who is wicked swallows up one who is more righteous than himself?
and you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn't have taken part with them in shedding the prophets' blood.'
You therefore testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' sins!
"Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell?
This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound from town to town.
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They even killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
unlike Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's were righteous.