The readings you heard at Mass on Sunday say that God “duped” Jeremiah.
Wait . . . what?
How could an all-holy God “dupe” or deceive anybody?
What’s going on here?
Let’s Start with the Text
The readings for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A), contain a passage from Jeremiah, which reads, in part:
You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me [Jer. 20:7].
Okay, let’s start by noting that “duped” is a tin-eared translation. The word is too colloquial and comes of as jarring in this context.
How does the verse read in other translations? Here it is in the...READ MORE