The Rechabites’ Obedience
1 The word° which° came° to Jeremiah° from the LORD° in the days° of aJehoiakim° the son° of Josiah°, king° of Judah°, saying°, 2 “Go° to the house° of the aRechabites° and speak° to them, and bring° them into the house° of the LORD°, into one° of the bchambers°, and give° them wine° to drink°.” 3 Then I took° Jaazaniah° the son° of Jeremiah°, son° of Habazziniah°, and his brothers° and all° his sons° and the whole° house° of the Rechabites°, 4 and I brought° them into the house° of the LORD°, into the chamber° of the sons° of Hanan° the son° of Igdaliah°, the aman° of God°, which° was near° the chamber° of the officials°, which° was above°° the chamber° of Maaseiah° the son° of Shallum°, bthe doorkeeper°°. 5 Then I set° before° the Imen° of the house° of the Rechabites° pitchers° full° of wine° and cups°; and I said° to them, “aDrink° wine°!” 6 But they said°, “We will not drink° wine°, for aJonadab° the son° of bRechab°, our father°, commanded° us, saying°, ‘You shall cnot drink° wine°, you or your sons°, forever°°. 7 You shall not build° a house°, and you shall not sow° seed° and you shall not plant° a vineyard° or own° one; but in atents° you shall dwell° all° your days°, that you may live° bmany° days° in the land° where°° you csojourn°.’ 8 We have aobeyed° the voice° of Jonadab° the son° of Rechab°, our father°, in all° that he commanded° us, not to drink° wine° all° our days°, we, our wives°, our sons° or our daughters°, 9 nor° to build° ourselves houses° to dwell° in; and we ado not have° vineyard° or field° or seed°. 10 We have only adwelt° in tents°, and have obeyed° and have done° according to all° that bJonadab° our father° commanded° us. 11 But when aNebuchadnezzar° king° of Babylon° came° up against° the land°, we said°, ‘Come° and let us bgo° to Jerusalem° before°° the army° of the Chaldeans° and before°° the army° of the Arameans°.’ So we have dwelt° in Jerusalem°.”
 a2K 23:34-36; 24:1; 2Ch 36:5-7; Jr 1:3; 27:20; Dn 1:1
 a2K 10:15; 1Ch 2:55 b1K 6:5, 8; 1Ch 9:26, 33
 aDt 33:1; Jsh 14:6; 1K 12:22; 2K 1:9-13 b1Ch 9:18f
 ILit sons aAm 2:12
 a2K 10:15, 23 b1Ch 2:55 cLv 10:9; Nu 6:2-4; Jg 13:7, 14; Lk 1:15
 aGn 25:27; He 11:9 bEx 20:12; Ep 6:2, 3 cGn 36:7
 aPv 1:8, 9; 4:1, 2, 10; 6:20; Ep 6:1; Col 3:20
 aPs 37:16; Jr 35:7; 1Ti 6:6
 aJr 35:7 bJr 35:6
 a2K 24:1, 2; Dn 1:1, 2 bJr 4:5-7; 8:14
12 ¶ Then the word° of the LORD° came° to Jeremiah°, saying°, 13 “Thus° says° the LORD° of hosts°, the God° of Israel°, ‘Go° and say° to the men° of Judah° and the inhabitants° of Jerusalem°, “aWill you not receive° instruction° by listening° to My words°?” declares° the LORD°. 14 “The awords° of Jonadab° the son° of Rechab°, which° he commanded° his sons° not to drink° wine°, are observed°. So they do not drink° [wine] to this° day°, for they have obeyed° their father’s° command°. But I have spoken° to you Ibagain° and again°; yet you have cnot listened° to Me. 15 Also I have sent° to you all° My aservants° the prophets°, sending° [them] Iagain° and again°, saying°: ‘bTurn° now° every° man° from his evil° way° and amend° your deeds°, and cdo not go° after° other° gods° to worship° them. Then you will ddwell° in the land° which° I have given° to you and to your forefathers°; but you have not einclined° your ear° or listened° to Me. 16 Indeed°, the sons° of Jonadab° the son° of Rechab° have aobserved° the command° of their father° which° he commanded° them, but this° people° has not listened° to Me.’”’ 17 Therefore° thus° says° the LORD°, the God° of hosts°, the God° of Israel°, ‘Behold°, aI am bringing° on Judah° and on all° the inhabitants° of Jerusalem° all° the disaster° that I have pronounced° against° them; because° I bspoke° to them but they did not listen°, and I have called° them but they did not answer°.’”
 aIs 28:9-12; Jr 5:3; 6:8-10; 32:33
 ILit rising early and speaking aJr 35:6-10 b2Ch 36:15; Jr 7:13, 25; 11:7; 25:3, 4 cIs 30:9; 50:2
 ILit rising early and speaking aJr 7:25; 25:4; 26:5; 29:19; 32:33 bIs 1:16, 17; Jr 4:1; 18:11; 25:5f; Ezk 18:30-32; Ac 26:20 cDt 6:14; Jr 7:6; 13:10; 25:6 dJr 7:7; 25:5, 6 eJr 7:24, 26; 11:8; 17:23; 34:14
 aJr 35:14; Mal 1:6
 aJsh 23:15; Jr 19:3, 15; 21:4-10; Mi 3:12 bPv 1:24, 25; Is 65:12; 66:4; Jr 7:13, 26, 27; 26:5; Lk 13:34, 35; Ro 10:21
18 ¶ Then Jeremiah° said° to the house° of the Rechabites°, “Thus° says° the LORD° of hosts°, the God° of Israel°, ‘Because°° you have aobeyed° the command° of Jonadab° your father°, kept° all° his commands° and done° according to all° that he commanded° you; 19 therefore° thus° says° the LORD° of hosts°, the God° of Israel°, “Jonadab° the son° of Rechab° ashall not lack° a man° to bstand° before° Me Ialways°°.”’”
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By the obedience of the Rechabites,
1 ¶ The wordº which² came² unto² Jeremiahº from²² the LORDº in the daysº of Jehoiakimº the sonº of Josiahº kingº of Judah,º saying,ºª 2 Goºª unto² the houseº of the Rechabites,º and speak¹ª unto² them, and bringºª them into the houseº of the LORD,º into² oneº of the chambers,º and give them wineº to drink.ºª 3 Then I tookºª² Jaazaniahº the sonº of Jeremiah,º the sonº of Habaziniah,º and his brethren,º and all² his sons,º and the whole² houseº of the Rechabites;º 4 And I broughtºª them into the houseº of the LORD,º into² the chamberº of the sonsº of Hanan,º the sonº of Igdaliah,º a manº of God,º which² [was] byº the chamberº of the princes,º which² [was] aboveº² the chamberº of Maaseiahº the sonº of Shallum,º the keeperºª of the door:º 5 And I setºª beforeº the sonsº of the houseº of the Rechabitesº potsº fullº of wine,º and cups,º and I saidºª unto² them, Drinkºª ye wine.º 6 But they said,ºª We will drinkºª no² wine:º for² Jonadabº the sonº of Rechabº our fatherº commandedºª² us, saying,ºª Ye shall drinkºª no² wine,º [neither ye],² nor your sonsº for¹ ever:º² 7 Neither² shall ye buildºª house,º nor² sowºª seed,º nor² plantºª vineyard,º nor² have² [any]: but² all² your daysº ye shall dwellºª in tents;º that² ye may liveºª manyº daysº inº² the landº where²² ye² [be] strangers.ºª 8 Thus have we obeyedºª the voiceº of Jonadabº the sonº of Rechabº our fatherº in all² that² he hath chargedºª us, to drinkºª no² wineº all² our days,º we,² our wives,º our sons,º nor our daughters;º 9 Nor² to buildºª housesº for us to dwell² in:¹ª neither² have² we vineyard,º nor field,º nor seed:º 10 But we have dwelt² in¹ª tents,º and have obeyed,ºª and doneºª according to all² that² Jonadabº our fatherº commandedºª us. 11 But it came to pass,² when Nebuchadrezzarº kingº of Babylonº came upºª into² the land,º that we said,ºª Come,ºª and let us goºª to Jerusalemº for fearº² of the armyº of the Chaldeans,º and for fearº² of the armyº of the Syrians:º so we dwellºª at Jerusalem.º
 2K 23:35; 24:1; 2Ch 36:5; Jr 1:3; 22:13; 25:1; 26:1; 36:1, 9, 29; 46:2; Dn 1:1.
 1K 6:5, 10; 2K 10:15; 1Ch 2:55; 9:26; 23:28; 2Ch 3:9; 31:11; Ezr 8:29; Ne 13:5, 8; Jr 35:4, 8; Ezk 40:7, 16; 41:5; 42:4.
 Dt 33:1; Jsh 14:6; 1S 2:27; 9:6; 1K 12:22; 13:1, 26; 17:18, 24; 20:28; 2K 1:9, 11; 5:14, 20; 6:10; 7:2, 17; 8:2; 12:9; 23:16; 25:18; 1Ch 9:18, 27; 2Ch 8:14; 25:7; Ps 84:10; Jr 26:10; 36:10; 52:24; Ezk 43:8; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 3:17.
 Ec 9:7; Jr 35:2; Am 2:12; 2Co 2:9.
 Gn 25:27; 36:7; Ex 20:12; Lv 10:9; 23:42; Nu 6:2; Jg 13:7, 14; 2K 10:15; 1Ch 2:55; 16:19; Ne 8:14; Ps 105:12; Jr 35:10; Lk 1:15; 1Co 7:26; Ep 6:2; He 11:9; 1P 2:11.
 Gn 25:27; Lv 23:42; Ne 8:14; Jr 35:10; Ep 5:18; He 11:9; 1P 2:11.
 Pv 1:8; 4:1, 10; 6:20; 13:1; Col 3:20.
 Nu 16:14; 2K 5:26; Ps 37:16; Jr 35:7; 1Ti 6:6.
 Jr 35:8.
 2K 24:2; Jr 4:5; 8:14; Dn 1:1; Mk 13:14; Lk 21:20.
Jeremiah condemneth the disobedience of the Jews.
12 ¶ Then came² the wordº of the LORDº unto² Jeremiah,º saying,ºª 13 Thus² saithºª the LORDº of hosts,º the Godº of Israel;º Goºª and tellºª the menº of Judahº and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalem,º Will ye not² receiveºª instructionº to hearkenºª to² my words?º saithºª the LORD.º 14 ² The wordsº of Jonadabº the sonº of Rechab,º that² he commandedºª² his sonsº not² to drinkºª wine,º are performed;ºª for unto² this² dayº they drinkºª none,² but² obeyºª² their father'sº commandment:º notwithstanding I² have spokenºª unto² you, rising earlyºª and speaking;ºª but ye hearkenedºª not² unto² me. 15 I have sentºª also unto² you² all² my servantsº the prophets,º rising up earlyºª and sendingºª [them], saying,ºª Returnºª ye now² every manº from his evilº way,º² and amendºª your doings,º and go¹ª² not² afterº otherº godsº to serveºª them, and ye shall dwell² in¹ª² the landº which² I have givenºª to you and to your fathers:º but ye have not² inclinedºª² your ear,º nor² hearkenedºª unto² me. 16 Because² the sonsº of Jonadabº the sonº of Rechabº have performedºª² the commandmentº of their father,º which² he commandedºª them; but this² peopleº hath not² hearkenedºª unto² me: 17 Therefore² thus² saithºª the LORDº Godº of hosts,º the Godº of Israel;º Behold,² I will bringºª upon² Judahº and upon² all² the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalemº² all² the evilº that² I have pronouncedºª against² them: because² I have spokenºª unto² them, but they have not² heard;ºª and I have calledºª unto them, but they have not² answered.ºª
 Ps 32:8; Pv 8:10; 19:20; Is 28:9; 42:23; Jr 5:3; 6:8; 9:12; 32:33; He 12:25.
 2Ch 36:15; Ne 9:26, 30; Pv 1:20; Is 30:9; 50:2; Jr 7:13, 24, 25, 26; 11:7; 25:3; 26:5; 29:19; 32:33; 35:6.
 Dt 30:20; Is 1:16; Jr 3:14; 4:14; 7:3, 5; 17:20, 24; 18:11; 22:4; 25:5; 26:13; 44:4; Ezk 18:30; Ho 14:1; Zc 1:3; Lk 10:16; 13:34; Ac 26:20; 1Th 4:8.
 Is 1:3; Jr 35:14; Mal 1:6; Mt 11:28; Lk 15:11, 28.
 Gn 6:17; Lv 26:14; Dt 28:15; 29:19; 31:20; 32:16; Jsh 23:15; Pv 1:24; 13:13; 16:2; Is 50:2; 65:12; 66:4; Jr 7:13, 26; 11:8; 15:3; 19:7; 21:4; 26:5; 32:33; Mi 3:12; Lk 13:34; Ro 10:21.
God blesseth the Rechabites for their obedience.
18 ¶ And Jeremiahº saidºª unto the houseº of the Rechabites,º Thus² saithºª the LORDº of hosts,º the Godº of Israel;º Because²² ye have obeyedºª² the commandmentº of Jonadabº your father,º and keptºª² all² his precepts,º and doneºª according unto all² that² he hath commandedºª you: 19 Therefore² thus² saithºª the LORDº of hosts,º the Godº of Israel;º Jonadabº the sonº of Rechabº shall not² wantºª a manº to standºª beforeº me for ever.º²
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