Book of Jeremiah 11:18-20.
I knew their plot because the LORD informed me; at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me: "Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will be spoken no more."
But, you, O Lord of hosts, O just Judge, searcher of mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause!
LORD my God, in you I take refuge;
rescue me; save me from all who pursue me,
Lest they maul me like lions,
tear me to pieces with none to save.
O LORD, judge of the nations.
Grant me justice, LORD,
for I am blameless, free of any guilt.
Bring the malice of the wicked to an end; uphold the innocent,
O God of justice, who tries hearts and minds.
A shield before me is God who saves the honest heart.
God is a just judge, who rebukes in anger every day.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 7:40-53.
Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, "This is truly the Prophet". Others said, "This is the Messiah." But others said, "The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he?"
Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David's family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?
So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted
to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. So the guards went to the chief priests and
Pharisees, who asked them, "Why did you not bring him?" The guards answered, "Never before has
anyone spoken like this one." So the Pharisees answered them, "Have you also been deceived?
Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not
know the law, is accursed."
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing? They answered and said to him, "You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee." Then each went to his own house.
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