He lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket. He lurks in order to seize the afflicted. He seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.
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?"
The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not wandered from Your precepts.
The proud hide a trap with ropes for me; they spread a net along the path and set snares for me. Selah
Protect me from the trap they have set for me, and from the snares of evildoers.
Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Let me choose 12,000 men, and I will set out in pursuit of David tonight.
I will attack him while he is weak and weary, throw him into a panic, and all the people with him will scatter. I will strike down only the king
and bring all the people back to you. When everyone returns [except] the man you're seeking, all the people will be at peace."
Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.
They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so they could catch Him in what He said, to hand Him over to the governor's rule and authority.
For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive deceitful schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.
How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering stone fence?
They only plan to bring him down from his high position. They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly. Selah
Shimei said as he cursed: "Get out, get out, you worthless murderer!
The LORD has paid you back for all the blood of the house of Saul in whose place you rule, and the LORD has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. Look, you are in trouble because you're a murderer!"
They questioned Him, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You don't show partiality, but teach truthfully the way of God.
Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"