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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (NAHUM 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7)

WOE TO THE CITY SOAKED IN BLOOD.

See, over the mountains the messenger hurries!
“Peace!” he proclaims.
Judah, celebrate your feasts,
carry out your vows,
for Belial will never pass through you again;
he is utterly annihilated.
Yes, the Lord is restoring the vineyard of Jacob
and the vineyard of Israel.
For the plunderers had plundered them,
they had broken off their branches.
Woe to the city soaked in blood,
full of lies,
stuffed with booty,
whose plunderings know no end!
The crack of the whip!
The rumble of wheels!
Galloping horse,
jolting chariot,
charging cavalry,
flash of swords,
gleam of spears…
a mass of wounded,
hosts of dead,
countless corpses;
they stumble over the dead.
I am going to pelt you with filth,
shame you, make you a public show.
And all who look on you
will turn their backs on you and say,
“Niniveh is a ruin.”
Could anyone pity her?
Where can I find anyone to comfort her?

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (JEREMIAH 31:31-34)

I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT AND WILL NEVER CALL THEIR SIN TO MIND.

Behold the days shall come, saith the Lord, and I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Juda:

Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt: the covenant which they made void, and I had dominion over them, saith the Lord.

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, saith the Lord: I will give my law in their bowels, and I will write it in their heart: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: Know the Lord: for all shall know me from the least of them even to the greatest, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (JEREMIAH 28:1-17)

HANANIAH, THE LORD HAS NOT SENT YOU; AND THANKS TO YOU THIS PEOPLE ARE NOW RELYING ON WHAT IS FALSE.

At the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, a Gibeonite, spoke as follows to Jeremiah in the Temple of the Lord in the presence of the priests and of all the people. “The Lord, the God of Israel, says this, ‘I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. In two years’ time I will bring back all the vessels of the Temple of the Lord which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon carried off from this place and took to Babylon. And I will also bring back Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the exiles of Judah who have gone to Babylon – it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, I am going to break the yoke of the king of Babylon.'”

The prophet Jeremiah then replied to the prophet Hananiah in front of the priests and all the people there in the Temple of the Lord. “I hope so” the prophet Jeremiah said. “May the Lord do so. May he fulfil the words that you have prophesied and bring the vessels of the Temple of the Lord and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. Listen carefully, however, to this word I am now going to say for you and all the people to hear: From remote times, the prophets who proceeded you and me prophesied war, famine and plague for many countries and for great kingdoms; but the prophet who prophesies peace can only be recognised as one truly sent by the Lord when his word comes true.”

The prophet Hananiah then took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it. In front of all the people Hananiah then said, “The Lord says this, ‘This is how, two years hence, I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and take it off the necks of all the nations.'” At this, the prophet Jeremiah went away.

After the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke which he had taken off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah the word of the Lord was addressed to Jeremiah, “Go to Hananiah and tell him this, ‘The Lord says this: You can break wooden yokes? Right, I will make them iron yokes instead! For the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says this: An iron yoke is what I now lay on the necks of all these nations to subject them to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. (They will be subject to him; I have even given him the wild animals.)'”

The prophet Jeremiah said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen carefully, Hananiah: the Lord has not sent you; and thanks to you this people are now relying on what is false. Hence – the Lord says this, ‘I am going to throw you off the face of the earth: you are going to die this year (since you have preached apostasy from the Lord)’.”

The prophet Hananiah died the same year, in the seventh month.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (JEREMIAH 26:1-9)

THE PEOPLE WERE ALL CROWDING ROUND IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD.

At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word was addressed to Jeremiah by the Lord. “The Lord says this: Stand in the court of the Temple of the Lord. To all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the Temple of the Lord you must speak all the words I have commanded you to tell them; do not omit one syllable. Perhaps they will listen and each turn from his evil way: if so, I shall relent and not bring the disaster on them which I intended for their misdeeds. Say to them, ‘The Lord says this: If you will not listen to me by following my Law which I put before you, by paying attention to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send so persistently to you, without you ever listening to them, I will treat this Temple as I treated Shiloh, and make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.'”

The priests and prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah say these words in the Temple of the Lord. When Jeremiah had finished saying everything that the Lord had ordered him to say to all the people, the priests and the prophets seized hold of him and said, “You shall die! Why have you made this prophecy in the name of the Lord, ‘This Temple will be like Shiloh, and this city will be desolate, and uninhabited’?” And the people were all crowding round Jeremiah in the Temple of the Lord.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (JEREMIAH 13:1-11)

THE PEOPLE WILL BECOME LIKE THIS LOINCLOTH, GOOD FOR NOTHING.

The Lord said this to me, “Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it round your waist. But do not dip it in water.” And so, as the Lord had ordered, I bought a loincloth and put it round my waist. A second time the word of the Lord was spoken to me, “Take the loincloth that you have bought and are wearing round your waist; up! Go to the Euphrates and hide it in a hole in the rock.” So I went and hid it near the Euphrates as the Lord had ordered me.

Many days afterwards the Lord said to me, “Get up and go to the Euphrates and fetch the loincloth I ordered you to hide there.”

So I went to the Euphrates, and I searched, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. The loincloth was spoilt, good for nothing. Then the word of the Lord was addressed to me, “Thus says the Lord: In the same way I will spoil the arrogance of Judah and Jerusalem. This evil people who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the dictates of their own hard hearts, who have followed alien gods, and served them and worshipped them, let them become like this loincloth, good for nothing. For just as a loincloth clings to a man’s waist, so I had intended the whole House of Judah to cling to me – it is the Lord who speaks – to my people, my glory, my honour and my boast. But they have not listened.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ISAIAH 7:1-9)

IF YOU DO NOT STAND BY ME, YOU WILL NOT STAND AT ALL.

In the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Razon the king of Afam went up against Jerusalem with Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, to lay siege to it; but he was unable to capture it.

The news was brought to the House of David. “Aram,” they said, “has reached Ephraim.” Then the heart of the king and the hearts of the people shuddered as the trees of the forest shudder in front of the wind. The Lord said to Isaiah, “Go with your son Shear-jashub, and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the Fuller’s Field road, and say to him:

‘Pay attention, keep calm, have no fear,
do not let your heart sink
because of these two smouldering stumps of firebrands,
or because Aram, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah
have plotted to ruin you, and have said:
Let us invade Judah and terrorise it
and seize it for ourselves,
and set up a king there,
the son of Tabeel.
The Lord says this:
It shall not come true; it shall not be.
The capital of Aram is Damascus,
the head of Damascus, Razon;
the capital of Ephraim, Samaria,
the head of Samaria, the son of Remaliah.
Six or five years more
and shattered Ephraim shall no longer be a people.
But if you do not stand by me,
you will not stand at all.'”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (2 KINGS 22:8-13, 23:1-3)

IN THE PEOPLE’S HEARING THE KING READ OUT EVERYTHING THAT WAS SAID IN THE BOOK OF THE COVENANT FOUND IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD, AND IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD HE MADE A COVENANT.

The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the Temple of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him as follows, “Your servants” he said “have melted down the silver which was in the Temple and have handed it over to the masters of works attached to the Temple of the Lord.” Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book”; and Shaphan read it aloud in the king’s presence.

On hearing the contents of the Book of the Law, the king tore his garments, and gave the following order to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Assiah the king’s minister: “Go and consult the Lord, on behalf of me and the people, about the contents of this book that has been found. Great indeed must be the anger of the Lord blazing out against us because our ancestors did not obey what this book says by practising everything written in it.”

The king then had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned to him, and the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, priests, prophets and all the people, of high or low degree. In their hearing he read out everything that was said in the book of the covenant found in the Temple of the Lord. The king stood beside the pillar, and in the presence of the Lord he made a covenant to follow the Lord and keep his commandments and decrees and laws with all his heart and soul, in order to enforce the terms of the covenant as written in that book. All the people gave their allegiance to the covenant.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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