Psalm 119:113–120, CSB
I hate those who are double-minded, but I love your instruction.
You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evil ones, so that I may obey my God’s commands.
Sustain me as you promised, and I will live; do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
Sustain me so that I can be safe and always be concerned about your statutes.
You reject all who stray from your statutes, for their deceit is a lie.
You remove all the wicked on earth as if they were dross from metal; therefore, I love your decrees.
I tremble in awe of you; I fear your judgments.
Proverbs 24:15–22, CSB
Don’t set an ambush, you wicked one, at the camp of the righteous man; don’t destroy his dwelling.
Though a righteous person falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin.
Don’t gloat when your enemy falls, and don’t let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, or the Lord will see, be displeased, and turn his wrath away from him.
Don’t be agitated by evildoers, and don’t envy the wicked.
For the evil have no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king, and don’t associate with rebels, for destruction will come suddenly from them; who knows what distress these two can bring?
Acts 1:6–26, CSB
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them.
They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen him going into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a Sabbath day’s journey away.
When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
They all were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
In those days Peter stood up among the brothers and sisters—the number of people who were together was about a hundred twenty—and said,
“Brothers and sisters, it was necessary that the Scripture be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David foretold about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
For he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.”
Now this man acquired a field with his unrighteous wages. He fell headfirst, his body burst open and his intestines spilled out.
This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that in their own language that field is called Hakeldama (that is, Field of Blood).
“For it is written in the Book of Psalms: Let his dwelling become desolate; let no one live in it; and Let someone else take his position.
“Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us—beginning from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us—from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
So they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed, “You, Lord, know everyone’s hearts; show which of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry that Judas left to go where he belongs.”
Then they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles.