1The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying,
2“Go to the house of the Rechabites and speak to them, and bring them into the house of Yahweh, into one of the rooms, and give them wine to drink.”
3Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites,
4and I brought them into the house of Yahweh, into the room of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, that was by the room of the officials that was above the room of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the threshold.
5I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites bowls full of wine, and cups, and I said to them, “Drink wine!”
6But they said, “We will drink no wine; for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, ‘You must drink no wine, neither you nor your sons, forever;
7neither must you build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any; but all your days you must dwell in tents; that you may live many days in the land where you live.’
8We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, or our daughters,
9nor to build houses for us to dwell in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed,
10but we have lived in tents, and have obeyed and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
11But it came to pass, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, ‘Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians.’ So we dwell at Jerusalem.”
12Then came the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah, saying,
13“This is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, ‘Will you not receive instruction to listen to my words? says Yahweh.
14The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; and to this day they drink none, for they obey their father’s commandment. But I have spoken to you, rising up early and speaking, and you have not listened to me.
15I have also sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them again and again, saying, “Return now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and you will dwell in the land that I have given to you and to your fathers.” But you have not inclined your ear, nor listened to me.
16Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father that he commanded them, but this people has not listened to me,
17therefore this is what Yahweh, the God of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Behold, I will bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them, because I have spoken to them, but they have not heard; and I have called to them, but they have not answered.’”
18Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, “This is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Because you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father and kept all his precepts, and done according to all that he commanded you,
19therefore this is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Jonadab the son of Rechab will not lack a man to stand before me forever.”