1The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the days of
Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying,
2Go to the house of
the Rechabites, and speak to them, and bring them into the house of Yahweh,
into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
3Then I took
Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers, and
all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
4and I brought them
into the house of Yahweh, 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
5I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites bowls
full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, Drink you wine.
they said, We will drink no wine; for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father,
commanded us, saying, You shall drink no wine, neither you, nor
your sons, forever:
7neither shall you build house, nor sow seed,
nor plant vineyard, nor have any; but all your days you shall dwell in
tents; that you may live many days in the land in which you
8We 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;
9nor to build houses for us to dwell
in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
10but we have lived in
tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father
11But it happened, when Nebuchadnezzar 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 Yahweh to Jeremiah, saying,
13Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel: Go, and tell the men of
Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will you not receive instruction
to listen to my words? says Yahweh.
14The words of Jonadab the son of
Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; and to
this day they drink none, for they obey their father’s commandment: but I
have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking; and you have not
listened to me.
15I have sent also to you all my servants the prophets,
rising up early and sending them, saying, Return you now every man from
his evil way, and amend your doings, and don’t go after other gods to serve
them, and you shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to
your fathers: but you have not inclined your ear, nor listened to me.
16Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the
commandment of their father which he commanded them, but this people has not
listened to me;
17therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Armies, the God
of Israel: Behold, I will bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of
Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them; because I have
spoken to them, but they have not heard; and I have called to them, but they
have not answered.
18Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, Thus
says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel: Because you have obeyed the
commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done
according to all that he commanded you;
19therefore thus says Yahweh of
Armies, the God of Israel: Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to
stand before me forever.