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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Jeremiah 35:1-19

35  The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah in the days of Jehojakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: 2  “Go to the house of the Recabites and speak to them, and bring them to Jehovah’s house, to one of the vestries, and give them a drink of wine.” 3  And I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah the son of Habassaniah and his brothers and all his sons and all the house of the Recabites, 4  and brought them to Jehovah’s house, to the vestry of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah the man of God, which is alongside the singers’ vestry, which is over the vestry of Maʽasejah the son of Shallum, guardian of the threshold; 5*  and I put before the sons of the house of the Recabites a bowl full of wine, and cups, and I said “Have a drink of wine.” 6  But they said “We do not drink wine, because our father Jonadab the son of Recab gave us a command ‘You shall not drink wine, you nor your sons, forever, 7  nor build a house nor sow seed nor set out a vineyard, nor have them, but live in tents all your days, in order that you may long remain alive over the soil on which you find your homes’; 8*  and we have obeyed our father Jonadab the son of Recab as to all the commands he gave us, not drinking wine all our days, ourselves nor our wives nor our children, 9  and not building houses to live in nor having vineyard or field or crop, 10  but living in tents; we have obeyed and lived up to all the commands our father Jonadab gave us. 11  But when Nebucadnessar was coming up into the country we said ‘Come, let us go into Jerusalem for fear of the Chaldean and Syrian forces,’ and we came to live in Jerusalem.” 12  And Jehovah’s word came to Jeremiah 13  “Says Jehovah, Go and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem ‘Will you not learn the lesson of listening to my words? quoth Jehovah. 14****  The words of Jonadab the son of Recab in which he commanded his sons not to drink wine have been lived up to, and they have not been drinking it to this day, because they have listened to their father’s command; but I have been speaking to you, early each time, and you have not listened to me. 15  And I sent you all my servants the prophets, each one early, to say “Turn back from your wicked ways and reform your practices, and do not follow other gods, worshiping them, and you shall live long on the soil I gave to you and your fathers,” but you did not turn your ears nor listen to me. 16  Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Recab have lived up to their father’s commandments that he gave them, but this people have not listened to me, 17*  therefore Israel’s God Jehovah says, Here I am bringing to Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the calamity I have threatened them with, since I spoke to them and they did not listen, called to them and they did not answer.’” 18  And to the house of the Recabites Jeremiah said “Says Israel’s God Jehovah of Armies, Inasmuch as you have listened to the commandment of your father Jonadab and observed all his commandments and done just as he commanded you to, 19  therefore Israel’s God Jehovah of Armies says, There shall at no time cease to be men standing before me who come of Jonadab the son of Recab.”


35:5 Var. said to them
35:8 Var. omits the son of Recab
35:14 Var. The sons of Jonadab the son Recab have lived up to his word in which
35:14 Var. been drinking; but I have
35:14-15 Var. listened. And I sent you my servants
35:14 Var. omits early each time
35:17 Codd. therefore Israel’s God Jehovah the God of Armies says Var. therefore Jehovah says