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First Reading for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Ezekiel 33:7-9

Summary: As a watchman, if you fail to warn the wicked and they perish, their blood is on your hands. If you warn them and they do not heed, you are absolved.

Duty of the Watchman

Thus says the LORD:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death.

But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself.

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