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Letter "A" » accuse
«And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, / Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: / No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.»
«And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: / Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.»
«And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.»
«But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, / Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.»
«And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? / But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; / But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: / Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.»
«And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: / Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.»
«But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.»
«And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, / We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.»
«ACCUSE, v.t. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him.»
Author: Ambrose Bierce
, The Accused
«Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part; Do thou but thine.»