First Reading for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Jeremiah 20:10-13

Summary: Jeremiah faces plots from former friends but trusts in God, who protects him. He prays for God's justice and praises the Lord for saving the poor from the wicked.

Jeremiah's Confidence in God

Jeremiah said: “I hear the whisperings of many: ‘Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!’

All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine.

‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.’

But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.

In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion.

O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause.

Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!”

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