Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in his own image.
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck.
Violence covers them like a garment.
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you; if I don’t prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous"; peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him—
but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a rich blessing will come on them.
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools!
lest they drink, and forget the law,
and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
and serve justice to the poor and needy.”
I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: you who call on Yahweh, take no rest,
Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
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.
Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him.
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.
For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
Therefore he who resists the authority, withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment.
For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you desire to have no fear of the authority? Do that which is good, and you will have praise from the same,
for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn’t bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil.
Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.