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6 Drink ye wine. But they said, We will not

drink wine : for Jonadab the son of Rechab our

father charged us; saying, Ye shall not drink 7 wine, ye, nor your sons for ever: Neither shall

ye build house, nor sow seed, tror plant vineyard, nor have any: but ye shall dwell in tents all your

days, that ye may live many days in the land 8 where ye are strangers. And we liave, obeyed

the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he charged us, so as not to drink

wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, and 9 our daughters; nor to build houses for us to dwell

in; neither have we vineyard nor field, nor seed : O but we have dwelt in tents, and obeyed and done

according to all that Jonadab our father command11 ed us.

But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon was coming up against the land, that we said, Come, and let us enter into Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians, and let

us dwell in Jerusalem. 12 Then came the word of JEHOVAH to Jeremiah, 13 saying, Thus saith JEHOVAH of hosts, the God

of Israel; Go and say unto the men of Judali, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not

receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith 14 JEHOVAH. The words of Jonadab the son of

Rechab, which he gave in charge to his sons not to drink wine, haye been punctually performed; for they have drunk no wine unto this day, but have obeyed the commandment of their father : I also have spoken unto you, rising up early and speaking, but


have not hearkened unto me. 15 And I have sent unto you all my servants the

prophets, rising-up early and sending, saying, Return, I pray you, every one from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after strange gods to serve them; and dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye

have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto 16 me. Because the sons of Jonadab the son of

Rechab have fulfilled the commandment of their

father, which he commanded them, but this peo17 ple hath not hearkened unto me; Therefore thus

şaith JEHOVAH, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I am about to bring upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, all the evil which I have denounced against them; because I havespoken unto them, and they have not hearķeņed; and I have called unto them, and they have not an

swered. 18 And unto the house of the Rechabites said Je. remiąh; Thus saith JEHOVAH of hosts, the God

of Israel ; Because ye have hearkened unto the commandment of Jonadab your father, and have

observed all his directions, and have done accord19. ing to all that he hath charged you; Therefore

- thus sạith JEHOVAH of hosts, the God of Israel,

There shall be no failure of one in the line of Jonadab the son of Rechab, standing before me .continually. It



TAKE thee a roll of a book, and write upon it * all the words which I have spoken unto thee cons

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cerning Israel, and concerning Judah, and con-, cerning all the nations, from the day that I began to speak unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. Peradventure the house of Judah may hear all the evil which I

purpose to do unto them, so as to return every one from his evil way, and I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. And Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of JEHOVAH, which he

had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book, 6 And Jeremiah cònmanded Baruch, saying, I am

confined, I cannot go into the house of JEHOVAH: 6. But go thou, and read in the roll, which thou

hast written from my mouth, the words of JEHOVAH'in the hearing of the people, in the house of JEHOVAH, upon à fast day; and also in the

hearing of all Judah that come out of their cities 1 shalt thou vead them. Peradventure they may

prostrate themselves in supplication before JEHOVAH, and they may return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the indigna

tion which" JEHOVAH hath denounced against this 8 people. And Baruch the son of Neriah did ac

cording to all that Jeremiah the prophet com

manded him, reading in the book the words of 9. JEHOVAH in the house of JEHOVAH. For it came

to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that all the people in Jerusalem, and all the people

that came out of the cities of Judah, proclaimed 10 a fast before JEHovah in Jerusalem. Then read

Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of JEHOVAH, in the chamber of Ge.


marial the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the high-
er court, at the entrance of the new gate of the
house of JEHOVAH, in the hearing of all the

And Micah the son of Gemariah the son of
Shaphan heard all the words of JEHOVAH from

out of the book. And he went down to the 19 king's house, into the scribe's chamber; and, lo!

all the princes were sitting there, Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son

of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, 13 and all the princes. Then Micaiah declared unto

them all the words which he had heard, when

Baruch read in the book, in the hearing of the 14 people. And all the princes sent Jehudi, the son

of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, The roll wherein thou hast been reading in the bearing of the people, take it in thine hand, and go. And Baruch

the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and 15 came unto them. And they said unto him, Sit

down now, and read it in our hearing and Ba16 ruch read in their hearing. And it came to

pass, when they had heard all the words, they looked with consternation upon one another ;

and said unto Baruch, We will surely inform the 17 king of all these matters. And they asked Ba

ruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write 18 all these words froin his mouth. And Baruch

said unto them, With his mouth he repeated un

to me all these words, and I wrote in a book af19 ter him. Then said the princes unto Baruch,

Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah, and let no man know where ye be.

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20 And they went in unto the king into the court; but they laid


the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe; and they declared all the mat21 ters in the hearing of the king. And the king

sent Jehudi to fetch the roll; and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe; and Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king, and in

the hearing of all the princes who stood beside 22 the king And the king was sitting in the win

ter apartment in the ninth month, and there was 23 set before him a hearth with burning coals. And

it came to pass, when Jehudi had read three or four sections, be cut it with the scribe's knife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth,

until all the roll: was consumed in the fire that 24 was on the hearth. But neither were the king,

nor any of his servants, that heard all these words, 25 afraid, nor rerit they their garments. And al

though Elnathan, and Delaiah, and Gemariah in

terceded with the king not to burn the roll, yet 26. he would not hearken unto them... And the king

ordered Jerąhmeel the king's son, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shielemiah: the son of Abdeel, to apprehend Baruch the scribe, and Jeremiah the

prophet : but JEHOVAH bid them., 27 Then came the word of JEHOVAH to Jeremiah

(after that the king had burned the roll, and the

words which Baruch had written from the mouth 28 of Jeremiah) saying, Take thee again another roll,

and write upon it all the former words, which

were in the first roll, that Jehoiakim king of Ju29 dah hath burned. And to Jehoiakim king of

Judah thou shalt say, Thus saith JEHOVAH,
Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast

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