Assayed to kill me (epeirōnto diacheirisasthai). Conative imperfect middle of peiraō, the old form of the later Koinéš peirazō so common in the Koiné, but in N.T. here only. Some MSS. have it in Act 9:26; Heb 4:15. The old verb diacheirizō, to take in hand, middle to lay hands on, to slay, occurs in N.T. only here and Act 5:30 which see.