Chapter 35

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1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,

2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.

3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;

4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:

5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.

6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:

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

8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;

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

10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.

11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.

12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,

13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.

14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.

15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.

16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me:

17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.

18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:

19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.

Commentary for Jeremiah 35

The obedience of the Rechabites. (1-11) The Jews' disobedience to the Lord. (12-19)1-11 Jonadab was famous for wisdom and piety. He lived nearly 300 years before, #2Ki 10:15|. Jonadab charged his posterity not to drink wine. He also appointed them to dwell in tents, or movable dwelling: this would teach them not to think of settling any where in this world. To keep low, would be the way to continue long in the land where they were strangers. Humility and contentment are always the best policy, and men's surest protection. Also, that they might not run into unlawful pleasures, they were to deny themselves even lawful delights. The consideration that we are strangers and pilgrims should oblige us to abstain from all fleshly lusts. Let them have little to lose, and then losing times would be the less dreadful: let them sit loose to what they had, and then they might with less pain be stript of it. Those are in the best frame to meet sufferings who live a life of self-denial, and who despise the vanities of the world. Jonadab's posterity observed these rules strictly, only using proper means for their safety in a time of general suffering.

12-19 The trial of the Rechabites' constancy was for a sign; it made the disobedience of the Jews to God the more marked. The Rechabites were obedient to one who was but a man like themselves, and Jonadab never did for his seed what God has done for his people. Mercy is promised to the Rechabites. We are not told respecting the performance of this promise; but doubtless it was performed, and travellers say the Rechabites may be found a separate people to this day. Let us follow the counsels of our pious forefathers, and we shall find good in so doing.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jeremiah 35

  • Adigun
    God is a rewarder of those who diligently follow and obey him.
  • Jeanniev
    Sorry I misread/misunderstood about the Rechabites. Thanks to 'a disciple' for explicit explanation. May God continue to bless us as we help each other to understand His words.
  • A disciple
    Jeannie; The LORD sent Jeremiah to speak with the Rechabites to show them as an example of faithfully keeping the words of their father, and keeping themselves separate from the pollutions of the world and the flesh: for a rebuke to Israel, because they would not hear the words of their Father and their God! So too all those who fear the word of the LORD and love Jesus; our obedience convicts men.
  • Jeannie
    Have I misunderstood this chapter35? - God sent instructions via Jeremiah to the Rechabites who did not adhere. God was not pleased because they were faithful to man and not Him. Therefore God pronounced evil upon them. But I notice comments and Commentary are saying otherwise.
  • Word
    The Rechabites come from the house of Hemath and are kenites, sons of Cain and THEY DRINK NO WINE! Their father is not our Father. Check out Jonadab cause this bunch is bad.
  • Andrew mochama
    God the father realy honored the choice of the rechabites who were faithful to human concepts and so much worried coz we have not amend our ways to remain faithful forever to his commandment. Shall we have spiritual rechabites who will stand firm in faith. Rememberit 's was 300 years after jonadab their father had died but they were able to rem the living often do we want to sin by not being willing to listen to God 's voice and keep his commandment,
  • Alicia
    God always keeps His holy few.
  • Nimo muiru
    The Rechabites were faithful and were firm on the words of their fathers. This was to show that if Judah was willing to repent n follow God,they would never lack one to reign in their descendants. This was to illustrate that God needed Judah to be faithful to his commandments. To today's church faithfulness and obedience is the key to Gods blessings and favor.
  • Jacob
    If God can reward those who obeyed human directives then how marvelous is He going to bless us who obeys Hos words and follow.
  • Jissy jacob
    Obedience of Recabite family, no worldly things can change them

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Bible Trivia

What descendants of the Kenites does the Lord tell Jeremiah to offer wine to?
  • Rechabites
  • Abiezrites
  • Israelites
  • Korahites