NASB — Jeremiah 35 — KJV

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.”

[1] a2K 23:34-36; 24:1; 2Ch 36:5-7; Jr 1:3; 27:20; Dn 1:1
[2] a2K 10:15; 1Ch 2:55 b1K 6:5, 8; 1Ch 9:26, 33
[4] aDt 33:1; Jsh 14:6; 1K 12:22; 2K 1:9-13 b1Ch 9:18f
[5] ILit sons aAm 2:12
[6] a2K 10:15, 23 b1Ch 2:55 cLv 10:9; Nu 6:2-4; Jg 13:7, 14; Lk 1:15
[7] aGn 25:27; He 11:9 bEx 20:12; Ep 6:2, 3 cGn 36:7
[8] aPv 1:8, 9; 4:1, 2, 10; 6:20; Ep 6:1; Col 3:20
[9] aPs 37:16; Jr 35:7; 1Ti 6:6
[10] aJr 35:7 bJr 35:6
[11] a2K 24:1, 2; Dn 1:1, 2 bJr 4:5-7; 8:14

Judah Rebuked

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.’”

[13] aIs 28:9-12; Jr 5:3; 6:8-10; 32:33
[14] 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
[15] 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
[16] aJr 35:14; Mal 1:6
[17] 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.”’”

[18] aEx 20:12; Ep 6:1-3
[19] ILit all the days a1Ch 2:55; Jr 33:17 bJr 15:19; Lk 21:36


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By the obedience of the Rechabites,

1 ¶ The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying, 2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink. 3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, 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, a man of God, which [was] by the chamber of the princes, which [was] above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door: 5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. 6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, [neither ye], nor your sons for ever: 7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have [any]: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye [be] strangers. 8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; 9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed: 10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us. 11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar 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.

[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[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.
[5] Ec 9:7; Jr 35:2; Am 2:12; 2Co 2:9.
[6] 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.
[7] Gn 25:27; Lv 23:42; Ne 8:14; Jr 35:10; Ep 5:18; He 11:9; 1P 2:11.
[8] Pv 1:8; 4:1, 10; 6:20; 13:1; Col 3:20.
[9] Nu 16:14; 2K 5:26; Ps 37:16; Jr 35:7; 1Ti 6:6.
[10] Jr 35:8.
[11] 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 came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD. 14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. 15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending [them], saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. 16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me: 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.

[13] 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.
[14] 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.
[15] 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.
[16] Is 1:3; Jr 35:14; Mal 1:6; Mt 11:28; Lk 15:11, 28.
[17] 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 Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: 19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.

[18] Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16; Ep 6:1.
[19] 1Ch 2:55; Ps 5:5; Jr 15:19; 33:17; Lk 21:36; Jde 1:24.


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