The Rechabites1 The word coming to Jeremiah by the lord in the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, saying, 2 Proceed unto the family of the Rechabites, and call them, and you shall bring them into the house of the lord, into one of the courtyards, and give them [2to drink 1wine]. 3 And he led Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah, son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and his sons, and all the family of the Rechabites; 4 and they brought them into the house of the lord, into the cubicle of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which is near the house of the rulers, above the house of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the one guarding the way. 5 And I set in front of them a clay vessel of wine, and cups, and I said, Drink wine! 6 And they said, In no way should we drink wine, for Jonadab son of Rechab our father gave charge to us, saying, In no way shall you drink wine, you and your sons unto the eon. 7 And [3houses 1in no way way 2shall you build], nor [3seed 1in any way 2shall you sow], and a vineyard shall not be to you; for in tents you shall dwell all your days, so that you should live [2days 1many] upon the land, upon which you spend your time upon it. 8 And we hearkened to the voice of Jonadab son of Rechab our father in all things which he gave charge to us, to not drink wine all the days of our life, we, and our wives, and our sons, and our daughters; 9 for to not build houses to dwell in there, and a vineyard and a field, and seed -- it happened not to us. 10 And we lived in tents, and we hearkened, and did according to all as much as [3gave charge 4to us 1Jonadab 2our father]. 11 And it came to pass when [4ascended 1Nebuchadnezzar 2king 3of Babylon] upon the land, and we said, In ascending we shall enter into Jerusalem from in front of the Chaldeans, and from in front of the force of the Assyrians. And we lived there. 12 And came to pass the word of the lord to me, saying, 13 Thus says the lord of the forces, the God of Israel, Go and say to the man of Judah! and to the ones dwelling Jerusalem. In no way will you take instruction to hear my word, says the lord. 14 [5established 6the word 1The sons 2of Jonadab 3son 4of Rechab], the one given charge to his children to not drink wine; and they drank not unto this day, for they hearkened to the command of their father. And I spoke to you early, and I spoke and you did not hearken. 15 And I sent to you my servants the prophets rising early in the morning and sending, saying, Let [2turn 1each] from [3way 1his 2evil]! And [2better 1do] in your practices! and you shall not go after [2gods 1other] to serve them. And you shall live upon the land which I gave to you, and to your fathers. And you leaned not your ears, and you hearkened not. 16 But [5established 1the sons 2of Jonadab 3son 4of Rechab] the commandment of their father, which he gave charge to them. But this people [3not 1heard 2me]. 17 On account of this, Thus said the lord of the forces, the God of Israel, Behold, I bring upon Judah, and upon the ones dwelling Jerusalem all the bad things which I spoke against them. For I spoke to them and they hearkened not. And I called them, and they did not answer. 18 And to the house of the Rechabites, Jeremiah said, Thus said the lord, Since [5hearkened to 1the sons 2of Jonadab 3son 4of Rechab] the commandment of their father, to do in so far as [2gave charge 3to them 1their father]; on account of this thus says the lord of the forces, the God of Israel, 19 No way shall there fail a man of the sons of Jonadab son of Rechab standing in front of me all the days.
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