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The Faithful Recabites...
The word which came to Yirmeyahu from YHWH in the days of Yehoyaqim son of Yoshiyahu, sovereign of Yehudah, saying,
'Go to the house of the Rekabites. And you shall speak to them, and bring them into the House of YHWH, into one of the rooms, and give them wine to drink.'
And I took Ya'azanyah the son of Yirmeyahu, the son of Habatstsinyah, and his brothers and all his sons, and all the house of the Rekabites,
and brought them into the House of YHWH, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Yigdalyahu, a man of Elohim, which was by the chamber of the heads, above the room of Ma'aseyahu son of Shallum, the keeper of the door.
And I set before the sons of the house of the Rekabites bowls filled with wine, and cups, and I said to them, 'Drink wine.'
But they said, 'We do not drink wine, because Yonadab the son of Rekab, our father, commanded us, saying, 'You shall not drink wine, neither you nor your sons, forever.
'And do not build a house, neither sow seed, nor plant a vineyard, nor have any of these, but dwell in tents all your days, so that you live many days on the face of the land where you are sojourners.'
'So we obeyed the voice of Yonadab son of Rekab, our father, in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, and our daughters,
nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in. And we have no vineyard, field or seed.
'But we dwell in tents, and have obeyed and done according to all that Yonadab our father commanded us.
'And it came to be, whenNebukadretst-sar sovereign of Babel came up into the land, that we said, 'Come, let us go to Yerushalayim for fear of the army of the Chaldeans and for fear of the army of the Arameans.' So we dwell at Yerushalayim.'
And the word of YHWH came to Yirmeyahu, saying,
'Thus said YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'Go, and you shall say to the men of Yehudah and to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, 'Have you not received instruction, to obey My words?' declares YHWH.
'The words of Yonadab son of Rekab, which he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are established, and they have not drunk unto this day, for they have obeyed their father's command. And as for Me, I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, but you have not obeyed Me.
'And I sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, 'Turn, each one from his evil way, and make good your deeds, and do not go after other mighty ones to serve them, and you shall dwell in the land which I have given you and your fathers.' But you have not inclined your ear, nor obeyed Me.
'The sons of Yonadab son of Rekab have indeed carried out the command of their father which he commanded them, but this people has not obeyed Me.''
'Therefore thus said YHWH Elohim of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'See, I am bringing on Yehudah and on all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim all the evil I have pronounced against them, because I have spoken to them but they did not listen, and I have called to them but they did not answer.''
And Yirmeyahu said to the house of the Rekabites, 'Thus said YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'Because you have obeyed the command of Yonadab your father, and guarded all his commands and done according to all that he commanded you,
therefore thus said YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'Of Yonadab son of Rekab there shall never cease to be a man to stand before Me.'''