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First Reading for the Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Jeremiah 18:18-20

Summary: Judah's people plot against Jeremiah, planning to undermine him with his own words, despite still needing spiritual guidance. Jeremiah appeals to the LORD, recounting his intercession for those now seeking his harm.

Jeremiah's Plight

The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said, “Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word.”

Heed me, O LORD, and listen to what my adversaries say. Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.

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