Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying:
"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell1 the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, 'Will you not learn a lesson2 and obey my words?' declares the LORD.
'Jonadab son of Recab ordered his sons not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather's command.3 But I have spoken to you again and again,4 yet you have not obeyed5 me.
Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets6 to you. They said, "Each of you must turn7 from your wicked ways and reform8 your actions; do not follow other gods9 to serve them. Then you will live in the land10 I have given to you and your fathers." But you have not paid attention or listened11 to me.
The descendants of Jonadab son of Recab have carried out the command their forefather12 gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.'
"Therefore, this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster13 I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen;14 I called to them, but they did not answer.' "1518
Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Recabites, "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'You have obeyed the command of your forefather16 Jonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.'
Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Jonadab son of Recab will never fail17 to have a man to serve18 me.' "