Jeremiah 35

1During the time when Jehoiakim was king of Judah, the message from the Lord came to Jeremiah. Jehoiakim was the son of King Josiah. This was the message from the Lord: 2“Jeremiah, go to the Recabite family. Invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the temple of the Lord. Offer them wine to drink.” 3So I ˻(Jeremiah)˼ went to get Jaazaniah. Jaazaniah was the son of a man named Jeremiah, that was the son of a man named Habazziniah. And I got all of Jaazaniah’s brothers and sons. I got the whole family of the Recabites together. 4Then I brought the Recabite family into the temple of the Lord. We went into the room called the room of the sons of Hanan. Hanan was the son of a man named Igdaliah. Hanan was a man of God. The room was next to the room where the princes of Judah stay. It was over the room of Maaseiah son of Shallum. Maaseiah was the doorkeeper in the temple. 5Then I (Jeremiah) put some bowls full of wine with some cups in front of the Recabite family. And I said to them, “Drink some wine.” 6But the Recabite people answered, “We never drink wine. We never drink it because our ancestor Jonadab son of Recab, gave us this command: 'You and your descendants must never drink wine. 7Also, you must never build houses, plant seeds, or plant vineyards. You must never do any of those things. You must live only in tents. If you do that, then you will live a long time in the land where you move from place to place.’ 8So, we Recabite people have obeyed everything our ancestor Jonadab commanded us. We never drink wine. And our wives, sons, and daughters never drink wine. 9We never build houses to live in. And we never own vineyards or fields. And we never plant crops. 10We have lived in tents and have obeyed everything our ancestor Jonadab commanded us. 11But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked the country of Judah, we did go into Jerusalem. We said to each other, 'Come, we must enter the city of Jerusalem, so that we can escape the Babylonian army and the Aramean army.’ So we have stayed in Jerusalem.” 12Then the message from the Lord came to Jeremiah: 13The Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: “Jeremiah, go and tell this message to the men of Judah and to the people of Jerusalem: You people should learn a lesson and obey my message.” This message is from the Lord. 14“Jonadab son of Recab ordered his sons not to drink wine, and that command has been obeyed. Until today, the descendants of Jonadab obeyed their ancestor’s command. They don’t drink wine. But I am the Lord. And I have given you people of Judah messages again and again, but you didn’t obey me. 15I sent my servants the prophets to you people of Israel and Judah. I sent them to you again and again. Those prophets said to you, 'Each of you people of Israel and Judah must stop doing evil things. You must be good. Don’t follow other gods. Don’t worship or serve them. If you obey me, then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.’ But you people have not paid attention to my message. 16The descendants of Jonadab obeyed the commands that their ancestor gave them. But the people of Judah have not obeyed me.” 17So the Lord God All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: “I said many bad things would happen to Judah and Jerusalem. I will soon make all those bad things happen. I spoke to those people, but they refused to listen. I called out to them, but they didn’t answer me.” 18Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Recabite people, “The Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says, 'You people have obeyed the commands of your ancestor Jonadab. You have followed all of Jonadab’s teachings. You have done everything he commanded. 19So the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: There will always be a descendant of Jonadab son of Recab to serve me.’”

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