12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: 1st Reading

Jeremiah 20:10-13

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!”