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Jeremiah Chapter 35

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Ha Rekavites' obedience contrasted with Yehudah's disobedience

35:1 The Dvar which came to YirmeYahu from ADONAI (יהוה) in the days of Yehoyakim Ben Yoshiyahu (יאשׁיּהוּ) melekh Yehudah, saying,

35:2 Go to ha bayit the Rekavi (רכבי), and speak to them, and bring them into ha bayit ADONAI (יהוה), into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.

35:3 Then I took Yaazanyah Ben YirmeYahu, Ben Chavatzinyah (חבצּניה), and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole bayit the Rekavi (רכבי);

35:4 And I brought them into ha bayit ADONAI (יהוה), into the chamber of benai Hanan, Ben Yigdalyahu, a man of Elohim (אלהים), which [was] by the chamber of the sarim, which [was] above the chamber of Maaseyah Ben Shallum, the keeper of the door:

35:5 And I set before benai ha bayit the Rekavi (רכבי) pots full of wine, and cups, and I said to them, Drink you wine.

35:6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Yonadav Ben Rekav (רכב) avinu commanded us, saying, You shall drink no wine, [neither ye], nor your banim for ever:

35:7 Neither shall you build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have [any]: but all your days you shall dwell in tents; that you may live many days in the land where you [be] strangers.

35:8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Yonadav Ben Rekav (רכב) avinu in all that he has charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our nashim, our banim, nor our banot;

35:9 Nor to build batim for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

35:10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Yonadav avinu commanded us.

35:11 But it came to pass, when Nevuchadretzar melekh Bavel came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Yerushalayim for fear of the army of the Kasdim, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Yerushalayim.

35:12 Then came Dvar ADONAI (יהוה) to YirmeYahu, saying,

35:13 Thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot, Elohei Yisra'el; Go and tell the men of Yehudah and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, Will you not receive instruction to listened to My Devarim? declares ADONAI (יהוה).

35:14 The Divrei Yonadav Ben Rekav (רכב), that he commanded his banim not to drink wine, are performed; for to this day they drink none, but obey their father's mitzvat: notwithstanding I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking; but you listened not to Me.

35:15 I have sent also to you My avadim ha Neviim, rising up early and sending [them], saying, Return you now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and you shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your avot: but you have not inclined your ear, nor listened to Me.

35:16 Because benai Yonadav Ben Rekav (רכב) have performed the mitzvat of their father, which he commanded them; but this people has not listened to Me:

35:17 Therefore thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Elohim (אלהים) Tza'vot, Elohei Yisra'el; hinei, I will bring upon Yehudah and upon all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken to them, but they have not heard; and I have called to them, but they have not answered.

35:18 And YirmeYahu said to ha bayit the Rekavi (רכבי), Thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot, Elohei Yisra'el; Because you have obeyed the mitzvat of Yonadav avichem, and shomer all His precepts, and done according to all that he has commanded you:

35:19 Therefore thus said ADONAI (יהוה) Tza'vot, Elohei Yisra'el; Yonadav Ben Rekav (רכב) shall not want a man to stand before Me forever.


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