By the obedience of the Rechabites,
Jeremiah 35:1 The wordes whyche the Lorde spake vnto Ieremy, in þe raynge of Iehoakim the sonne of Iosiah kyng of Iuda, are these: Jeremiah 35:2 Go vnto the house of the Rechabites, & call them out, and bringe them to the house of the Lorde into some commodyous place, and geue then wyne to dryncke. Jeremiah 35:3 Then toke I Iazaniah the sonne of Ieremy the sonne of Habaziniah, and his brethren, & all his sonnes, and the whole housholde of þe Rechabytes: Jeremiah 35:4 and brought them to the house of the Lorde into the closet of the chyldren of Hanan the sonne of Iegedaliah the man of God: which was by the closet of the Princes that is aboue the closet of Maasiah the sonne of Selum, which is þe treasurer. Jeremiah 35:5 And before the sonnes of the kynred of the Rechabytes, I set pottes full of wyne, and cuppes, & sayde vnto them: Drincke wyne. Jeremiah 35:6 But they sayde: we wyll dryncke no wyne for Ionadab the sonne of Rechab oure father commaunded vs, saying: ye and youre sonnes shall neuer dryncke wyne buylde no houses, sowe no sede, plante no vynes, Jeremiah 35:7 yee, ye shal haue no vineyardes: but for all youre tyme ye shall dwell in tentes, that ye maye lyue longe in þe lande wherin ye be straungers. Jeremiah 35:8 Thus haue we obeyed the commaundement of Ionadab the sonne of Rechab oure father in all that he hath charged vs, & so we drynke no wyne all oure lyfe longe: we, nor oure wyues, our sonnes and oure daughters. Jeremiah 35:9 Nether builde we any house to dwell therin, we haue also amonge vs nether vineyardes, ner cornelande to sowe: Jeremiah 35:10 but we dwell in tentes, we obeye, and do accordynge vnto all, that Ionadab oure father commaunded vs. Jeremiah 35:11 But now that Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon came vp into þe lande, we sayde, come, lett vs go to Ierusalem, that we maye escape the hooste of the Caldees and the Assyrians: and so we dwell now at Ierusalem.
Jeremiah condemneth the disobedience of the Jews.
Jeremiah 35:12 Then came þe worde of þe Lorde vnto Ieremy saying. Jeremiah 35:13 Thus sayeth the Lord of hoostes the God of Israel: Go and tell þe men of Iuda and þe inhabitours of Ierusalem: Will ye not be refourmed, to obey my wordes saieth þe Lorde? Jeremiah 35:14 The wordes which Ionadab the sonne of Rechab commaunded his sonnes, þt they shulde drynke no wyne, are fast and surely kept: for vnto thys daye they dryncke no wyne, but obeye their fathers commaundement. But as for me, I haue stand vp early, I haue spoken vnto you, & geuen you earnest warnynge: & yet haue ye not bene obedient vnto me. Jeremiah 35:15 Yee, I haue sent my seruauntes, all the prophetes vnto you, I rose vp early, & sent you worde, sayinge: O turne you, nowe euery man from his wycked waye: amende youre lyues, and go not after straunge goddes, to worshyppe them: that ye maye continue in the lande, which I haue geuen vnto you & youre fathers, but ye wolde nether heare me, ner folowe me. Jeremiah 35:16 The chyldren of Ionadab Rechabs sonne haue stedfastly kepte their fathers commaundement, þt he gaue them, but this people is not obedient vnto me. Jeremiah 35:17 And therfore thus sayeth the Lorde of hoostes the God of Israel: Beholde, I will bringe vpon Iuda & vpon euery one that dwelleth in Ierusalem, all the trouble þt I haue deuysed agaynst them. For I haue spoken vnto them, but they wold not folowe. I haue called vnto them, neuertheles they wold geue me no answere.
God blesseth the Rechabites for their obedience.
Jeremiah 35:18 Ieremy also spake vnto the housholde of the Rechabites: Thus sayeth the Lord of Hostes the God of Israell: For so moche as ye haue obeyed the commaundement of Ionadab youre father, and kepte all hys preceptes, and done accordyng vnto all that he hath bydden you: Jeremiah 35:19 Therfore thus sayeth the Lorde of Hostes, þe God of Israel: Ionadab the sonne of Rechab shall not fayle, but haue one out of his stocke to stande alwaye before me.