First Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 26:8-15

And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the Lord had
commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the
prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die! Why
have you prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘This house shall be
like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant’?” And all
the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.

When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from
the king’s house to the house of the Lord and took their seat in the entry of
the New Gate of the house of the Lord. Then the priests and the prophets
said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence
of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard
with your own ears.”

Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying,
“The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the
words you have heard. Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds,
and obey the voice of the Lord your God, and the Lord will relent of the
disaster that he has pronounced against you. But as for me, behold, I am in
your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you. Only know for
certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon
yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the Lord sent
me to you to speak all these words in your ears.”

P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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