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First Reading for the Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Jeremiah 7:23-28

Summary: The LORD laments His people's disobedience despite His simple command to follow Him for prosperity. Despite sending prophets for guidance, they turned away, showing greater rebellion than their ancestors, refusing to listen or accept correction, lacking loyalty and honesty.

Call to Obedience Ignored

Thus says the LORD:

This is what I commanded my people: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.

But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed. They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me. From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day, I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.

Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid heed; they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their fathers. When you speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not answer you.

Say to them: This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech.

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