Old Testament

Jeremiah 35
The Example of the Rekabites
351This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah. 2“Go to the house of the Rekabites, and bring them into one of the rooms in the House of the Lord, and give them wine to drink.”
3So I took Ja'azaniah son of Jeremiah, son of Habazziniah, along with his brothers and all his sons—the whole house of the Rekabites, 4and I brought them into the House of the Lord, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah, the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials that was above the room of Ma'asaiah son of Shallum, the doorkeeper. 5I set bowls of wine and some cups before the men of the house of the Rekabites, and I said to them, “Drink some wine.”
6But they said, “We do not drink wine. Our ancestor Jonadab son of Rekab commanded us: ‘You are not to drink wine, neither you nor your descendants, not ever. 7Also, you are not to build houses, sow seed, plant vineyards, or own any of these things. You must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time on the land where you live as nomads.’ 8We have obeyed what Jonadab son of Rekab, our ancestor, commanded us. We have never drunk wine—we, our wives, our sons, and our daughters. 9We have never built houses to live in. We have no vineyards, fields, or crops. 10We have lived in tents, and we have obeyed everything that Jonadab our ancestor commanded us. 11But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded the land, we said, ‘Come on, we have to go to Jerusalem to escape the armies of the Chaldeans and the Arameans.’ That is why we are living in Jerusalem.”
12Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.
13This is what the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says. Go ask the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem: Will you learn a lesson and obey my words? declares the Lord. 14Jonadab son of Rekab commanded his sons not to drink wine, and this command has been kept. To this day they drink no wine, for they have obeyed their ancestor's command. But I keep speaking to you, again and again, and you have not obeyed me. 15I have sent my servants the prophets to you again and again. They told you to turn from your evil ways, to reform your actions, and to stop following other gods in order to serve them. Then you would live on the land I have given to you and your fathers. But you have not paid attention or listened to me. 16The sons of Jonadab son of Rekab have kept this command, which their father gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.
17Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Armies, the God of Israel, says. Watch this. I am going to bring down on Judah and everyone who lives in Jerusalem every disaster I have pronounced against them. I have spoken to them, but they have not listened. I have called them, but they have not answered.
18Jeremiah said to the house of the Rekabites, “The Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says this. Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father and kept all his instructions and done everything he commanded you, 19the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel says that Jonadab will never fail to have a man to serve me.”