In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’; and ‘Let another take his position of overseer.’ Acts 1:15-20. Let his homestead become desolate . . . comes from Ps. 69:25. Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant, for I am in distress—make haste to answer me. Draw near to me, redeem me, set me free because of my enemies. You know the insults I receive, and my shame and dishonor; my foes are all known to you. Insults have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Let their table be a trap for them, a snare for their allies. Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually. Pour out your indignation upon them, and let your burning anger overtake them. May their camp be a desolation; let no one live in their tents. For they persecute those whom you have struck down, and those whom you have wounded, they attack still more. Add guilt to their guilt; may they have no acquittal from you. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be enrolled among the righteous. But I am lowly and in pain; let your salvation, O God, protect me. Ps. 69:16-29. Let another take his position as overseer, comes from Ps. 109:8. Do not be silent, O God of my praise. For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. They beset me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. In return for my love they accuse me, even while I make prayer for them. So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love. They say, “Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand on his right. When he is tried, let him be found guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin. May his days be few; may another seize his position. May his children be orphans, and his wife a widow. May his children wander about and beg; may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit. May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil. May there be no one to do him a kindness, nor anyone to pity his orphaned children. May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation. May the iniquity of his father be remembered before the Lord, and do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out. Ps.109:1-14. Peter may have been right to replace Judas among the twelve with the lucky winner of a God lottery, but I would challenge most believers to figure out his reasoning concerning the scriptural basis upon which he rested his decision to hold the competition between (Joseph called Barsabbas who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias). Peter of course believed the words of verse 25 of Psalm 69 and verse 8 of Psalm 109 were inspired by the Holy Spirit and were also attributed to King David, but Peter had no inspired apostolic spiritual insight into God The Holy Spirit's interpretation of those verses, because at the time Peter and the others were yet to receive the power to make such judgments, the Holy Spirit having not yet come upon them all. The other reason I doubt Peter's interpretation of these snippets of verses is the light in which they cast the character of Jesus Christ. The words of both these psalms are very vengeful and vindictive words from an often vengeful and vindictive but otherwise righteous man. (i.e. King David, under attack). I don't think Jesus Christ was ever vengeful and vindictive, even in his death throws, he was just righteous. The words from these two psalms are a stark contrast to Jesus Christ's words from the cross, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". Luke 23:34. If the words Peter thought applied to Judas actually did apply to Judas, then the rest of the words of Psalms 69 and 109 would appear to be Christ's, and I don't think they are or were. They are David's words. But we are getting a bit off the subject of Fasting before Communion, I think. .