Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity,
They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “ Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
Go now, make more sure, and investigate and see his place where his haunt is, and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning.
I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone,
The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
Deliver me from those who do iniquity And save me from men of bloodshed.
For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I take refuge in You.
Each will be like a refuge from the wind And a shelter from the storm, Like streams of water in a dry country, Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.
But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; And I did not know that they had devised plots against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, And let us cut him off from the land of the living, That his name be remembered no more.”
Yet You, O Lord, know All their deadly designs against me; Do not forgive their iniquity Or blot out their sin from Your sight. But may they be overthrown before You; Deal with them in the time of Your anger!
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas;
But they cried out all together, saying, “ Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!”
They came to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have bound ourselves under a solemn oath to taste nothing until we have killed Paul.
requesting a concession against Paul, that he might have him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, setting an ambush to kill him on the way).