Jeremiah 35

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1 The word which was to Jeremiah from Jehovah in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah the king of Judah, saying,

2 Walk unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of Jehovah, into one of the rooms, and give· them wine ·to·​·drink.

3 And I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brothers, and all his sons, and all the house of the Rechabites;

4 and I brought· them ·into the house of Jehovah, into the room of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was beside the room of the princes, which was above the room of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the doorway;

5 and I put before the sons of the house of the Rechabites goblets full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.

6 But they said, We will not drink wine; for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, You shall not drink wine, nor shall your sons even·​·to eternity:

7 neither shall you build a house, nor sow seed, nor plant a vineyard, nor have any vineyard; but you shall dwell·​·in tents all your days; so·​·that you may·​·live many days upon the faces of the ground where you be sojourners.

8 And we have obeyed the voice of Jehonadab the son of Rechab, our father in all that he has commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;

9 nor to build houses for us to dwell·​·in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

10 but we have dwelt·​·in tabernacles, and have hearkened, and done according·​·to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.

11 But it was, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came·​·up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go·​·into Jerusalem from the faces of the host of the Chaldeans, and from the faces of the host of Syria; and we will dwell·​·in Jerusalem.

12 And the word of Jehovah was to Jeremiah, saying,

13 Thus says Jehovah of Armies, the God of Israel: Go and say to the men of Judah and to those who dwell·​·in Jerusalem, Will you not receive discipline to hearken to My words? says Jehovah.

14 The words of Jehonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons to not drink wine, are performed; and they drink not even·​·to this day, for they hear the commandment of their father; but I have spoken to you, getting·​·up·​·early and speaking, and you hearkened not unto Me.

15 And I have sent unto you all My servants the prophets, getting·​·up·​·early and sending them, saying, Return ye now each·​·man from his evil way, and make· your actions ·better, and go not after other gods to serve them, and you shall dwell on the ground which I have given to you and to your fathers; but you have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto Me.

16 Because the sons of Jehonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people have not hearkened to Me:

17 therefore thus says Jehovah God of Armies, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring to Judah and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have spoken against them; because I have spoken to them, but they have not heard; and I have called to them, but they have not answered.

18 And Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, Thus says Jehovah of Armies, the God of Israel; Because you have obeyed the commandment of Jehonadab your father, and kept all his commandments, and done according·​·to all that he has commanded you;

19 therefore thus says Jehovah of Armies, the God of Israel; there shall not be cut·​·off a man from Jonadab the son of Rechab to stand before Me all the days.


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.