Assayed to kill me (epeirwnto diaceirisasqai). Conative imperfect middle of peiraw, the old form of the later Koinpeirazw so common in the Koin, but in N.T. here only. Some MSS. have it in Acts 9:26 ; Hebrews 4:15 . The old verb diaceirizw, to take in hand, middle to lay hands on, to slay, occurs in N.T. only here and Hebrews 5:30 which see.