"Go to the Recabite1 family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms2 of the house of the LORD and give them wine to drink."
So I went to get Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons--the whole family of the Recabites.
I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God.3 It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum4 the doorkeeper.55
Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the men of the Recabite family and said to them, "Drink some wine."
But they replied, "We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jonadab6 son of Recab gave us this command: 'Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine.77
Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents.8 Then you will live a long time in the land9 where you are nomads.'
We have obeyed everything our forefather10 Jonadab son of Recab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine
or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops.1110
We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab commanded us.