35 1The word which came unto Jeremiah from Jehovah in the days of
Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying,
2Go unto the house of
the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of
Jehovah, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brethren,
and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
4and I brought
them into the house of Jehovah, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son
of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which
was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the
5And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites
bowls full of wine, and cups; and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
they said, We will drink no wine; for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father,
commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons, for
7neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard,
nor have any; but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live
many days in the land wherein ye sojourn.
8And we have obeyed the voice
of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he charged us, to drink
no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, or our daughters;
build houses for us to dwell in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor
10but we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according
to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
11But it came to pass, when
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and
let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of
the army of the Syrians; so we dwell at Jerusalem.
12Then came the word
of Jehovah unto Jeremiah, saying,
13Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God
of Israel: Go, and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith Jehovah.
14The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not
to drink wine, are performed; and unto this day they drink none, for they
obey their father's commandment: but I have spoken unto you, rising up early
and speaking; and ye have not hearkened unto me.
15I have sent also unto
you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying,
Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not
after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have
given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor
hearkened unto me.
16Forasmuch as the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab
have performed the commandment of their father which he commanded them, but
this people hath not hearkened unto me;
17therefore thus saith Jehovah,
the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon
all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against
them; because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have
called unto them, but they have not answered.
18And Jeremiah said unto
the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel:
Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all
his precepts, and done according unto all that he commanded you;
19therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab the
son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.