But they replied, "We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jonadab1 son of Recab gave us this command: 'Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine.27
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.3 Then you will live a long time in the land4 where you are nomads.'
We have obeyed everything our forefather5 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.610
We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab commanded us.