Bible: Jeremiah 35:1-11

Judah’s Unfaithfulness Contrasted with the Rechabites’ Fai

35:1 The Lord spoke to Jeremiah when Jehoiakim 1  son of Josiah was ruling over Judah. 2  35:2 Go to the Rechabite community. 3  Invite them to come into one of the side rooms 4  of the Lord’s temple and offer them some wine to drink.” 35:3 So I went and got Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah the grandson of Habazziniah, his brothers, all his sons, and all the rest of the Rechabite community. 35:4 I took them to the Lord’s temple. I took them into the room where the disciples of the prophet Hanan son of Igdaliah stayed. 5  That room was next to the one where the temple officers stayed and above the room where Maaseiah son of Shallum, one of the doorkeepers 6  of the temple, stayed. 35:5 Then I set cups and pitchers full of wine in front of the members of the Rechabite community and said to them, “Have some wine.” 7  35:6 But they answered, “We do not drink wine because our ancestor Jonadab son of Rechab commanded us not to. He told us, ‘You and your children must never drink wine. 35:7 Do not build houses. Do not plant crops. Do not plant a vineyard or own one. 8  Live in tents all your lives. If you do these things you will 9  live a long time in the land that you wander about on.’ 10  35:8 We and our wives and our sons and daughters have obeyed everything our ancestor Jonadab commanded us. We have never drunk wine. 11  35:9 We have not built any houses to live in. We do not own any vineyards, fields, or crops. 35:10 We have lived in tents. We have obeyed our ancestor Jonadab and done exactly as he commanded us. 12  35:11 But when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded the land we said, ‘Let’s get up and go to Jerusalem 13  to get away from the Babylonian 14  and Aramean armies.’ That is why we are staying here in Jerusalem.”

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