and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’
The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;
“In vain I have struck your sons;
They accepted no chastening.
Your sword has devoured your prophets
Like a destroying lion.
The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.
“Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,