Then Yahweh rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah sulfur and fire from Yahweh out of the sky.
Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against Yahweh, and against his Anointed [a], saying,
"Let’s break their bonds apart, and cast their cords from us."
No, in your heart you plot injustice. You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, which brings about mischief by statute?
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs. Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom, the day of Jerusalem; who said, "Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!"
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
The king by justice makes the land stable, but he who takes bribes tears it down.
The burden of Damascus: “Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.
The cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters: but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far off, and will be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm.
The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
The city is left in desolation, and the gate is struck with destruction.
‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says Yahweh.
‘They will take away your sons who will issue from you, whom you shall father, and they will be eunuchs in the king of Babylon’s palace.‘"
I gave my back to the strikers, and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn’t hide my face from shame and spitting.
No weapon that is formed against you will prevail;
and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh,
and their righteousness which is of me,” says Yahweh.
saying, "There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man.
When you hear of wars and disturbances, don’t be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won’t come immediately."
So Pilate then took Jesus, and flogged him.
Now about that time, King Herod stretched out his hands to oppress some of the assembly.
He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread.
When he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover.
The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison.
When Herod had sought for him, and didn’t find him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.
Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. They came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus, the king’s personal aide, their friend, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food.
The high priest, Ananias, commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
This I also did in Jerusalem. I both shut up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, and when they were put to death I gave my vote against them.