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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 35

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The Faithful Rechabites. 1This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, king of Judah: 2Approach the Rechabites* and speak to them; bring them into the house of the LORD, to one of the rooms, and give them wine to drink. 3So I went and brought Jaazaniah, son of Jeremiah, son of Habazziniah, his brothers and all his sons, the whole company of the Rechabites, 4into the house of the LORD, to the room of the sons of Hanan,* son of Igdaliah, the man of God, next to the princes’ room, above the room of Maaseiah, son of Shallum, keeper of the doorway. 5I set before these Rechabite men bowls full of wine and offered them cups to drink the wine.

6“We do not drink wine,” they said to me: “Jonadab,* Rechab's son, our father, forbade us in these words: ‘Neither you nor your children shall ever drink wine. 7Build no house and sow no seed; neither plant nor own a vineyard. You shall dwell in tents all your life, so that you may live long on the earth where you are wayfarers.’ 8Now we have heeded Jonadab, Rechab's son, our father, in all his prohibitions. All our lives we have not drunk wine, neither we, nor our wives, nor our sons, nor our daughters. 9We build no houses to live in; we own no vineyards or fields or crops, 10and we live in tents; we obediently do everything our father Jonadab commanded us. 11But when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, invaded this land, we decided to come into Jerusalem to escape the army of the Chaldeans and the army of Aram;* that is why we are now living in Jerusalem.”

12Then this word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 13Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Go, say to the men of Judah and to the citizens of Jerusalem: Will you not take correction and obey my words? says the LORD. y Jer 32, 33 . 14The advice of Jonadab, Rechab's son, by which he forbade his children to drink wine, has been followed: to this day they have not drunk it; they obeyed their father's command. Me, however, you have not obeyed, although I spoke to you untiringly and insistently. z Jer 7, 13; 25, 3; 2 Chr 36, 15f . 15I kept sending you all my servants the prophets, telling you to turn back, all of you, from your evil way; to reform your conduct, and not follow strange gods or serve them, if you would remain on the land which I gave you and your fathers; but you did not heed me or obey me. a Jer 25, 4f. 7 . 16Yes, the children of Jonadab, Rechab's son, observed the command which their father laid on them; but this people does not obey me! 17Now, therefore, says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel: I will bring upon Judah and all the citizens of Jerusalem every evil that I threatened; because when I spoke they did not obey, when I called they did not answer. b Jer 11, 8f .

18But to the company of the Rechabites Jeremiah said: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Since you have obeyed the command of Jonadab, your father, kept all his commands and done everything he commanded you, 19thus therefore says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Never shall there fail to be a descendant of Jonadab, Rechab's son, standing in my service.

Notes:

y: Jer 32, 33 .

z: Jer 7, 13; 25, 3; 2 Chr 36, 15f .

a: Jer 25, 4f. 7 .

b: Jer 11, 8f .

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