Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
So do not let them persuade you to do this, because more than forty of them are lying in ambush for him. They have bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink anything until they have killed him, and now they are ready, waiting for you to agree to their request."
Requesting him to do them a favor against Paul, they urged Festus to summon him to Jerusalem, planning an ambush to kill him along the way.
Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail?
Hide me from the plots of evil men, from the crowd of evildoers.
You will be broken, O nations; you will be shattered! Pay attention, all you distant lands of the earth! Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered! Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered!
Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter. I did not know they were making plans to kill me. I did not know they were saying, "Let's destroy the tree along with its fruit! Let's remove Jeremiah from the world of the living so people will not even be reminded of him any more."
They planned to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
1 Kings 19:2
Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah with this warning, "May the gods judge me severely if by this time tomorrow I do not take your life as you did theirs!"
2 Kings 6:31
Then he said, "May God judge me severely if Elisha son of Shaphat still has his head by the end of the day!"
In reply all the people said, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
He swore to her, "Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom."
Under a curse
Any human being who is permanently dedicated must not be ransomed; such a person must be put to death.
At that time Joshua made this solemn declaration: "The man who attempts to rebuild this city of Jericho will stand condemned before the Lord. He will lose his firstborn son when he lays its foundations and his youngest son when he erects its gates!"
But the Israelites disobeyed the command about the city's riches. Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, stole some of the riches. The Lord was furious with the Israelites.
hereby participate with their colleagues the town leaders and enter into a curse and an oath to adhere to the law of God which was given through Moses the servant of God, and to obey carefully all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, along with his ordinances and his statutes.
At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, "I do not know the man!" At that moment a rooster crowed.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree")
The Lord said to me, "The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem have plotted rebellion against me!