Jeremiah 35:9
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New International Version
or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops.

New Living Translation
We haven't built houses or owned vineyards or farms or planted crops.

English Standard Version
and not to build houses to dwell in. We have no vineyard or field or seed,

New American Standard Bible
nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in; and we do not have vineyard or field or seed.

King James Bible
Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We also have not built houses to live in and do not have vineyard, field, or seed.

International Standard Version
and have built no houses to live in. We don't have vineyards, fields, or seed.

NET Bible
We have not built any houses to live in. We do not own any vineyards, fields, or crops.

New Heart English Bible
nor to build houses for us to dwell in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
built houses to live in, or owned vineyards, pastures, or grainfields.

JPS Tanakh 1917
nor to build houses for us to dwell in, neither to have vineyard, or field, or seed;

New American Standard 1977
nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in; and we do not have vineyard or field or seed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

King James 2000 Bible
Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

American King James Version
Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

American Standard Version
nor to build houses for us to dwell in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nor to build houses to dwell in, nor to have vineyard, or field, or seed:

Darby Bible Translation
and not to build houses for us to dwell in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed;

English Revised Version
nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

Webster's Bible Translation
Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

World English Bible
nor to build houses for us to dwell in; neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

Young's Literal Translation
nor to build houses for our dwelling; and vineyard, and field, and seed, we have none;
Study Bible
Obedience of the Rechabites
8"We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons or our daughters, 9nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in; and we do not have vineyard or field or seed. 10"We have only dwelt in tents, and have obeyed and have done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 6:6
Of course, godliness with contentment is great gain.

Psalm 37:16
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.

Jeremiah 35:7
'You shall not build a house, and you shall not sow seed and you shall not plant a vineyard or own one; but in tents you shall dwell all your days, that you may live many days in the land where you sojourn.'
Treasury of Scripture

Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

Jeremiah 35:7 Neither shall you build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, …

Numbers 16:14 Moreover you have not brought us into a land that flows with milk …

2 Kings 5:26 And he said to him, Went not my heart with you, when the man turned …

Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Nor build houses for us to dwell in,.... This explains that part of the charge more fully, which respects building of houses; which did not restrain them from building houses for others, if any of them were masters of that art; which is not very likely, since they were wholly brought up in the field as shepherds; but it forbad them building any for themselves, and making use of them by dwelling in them:

neither have we vineyard, nor field, or seed; any piece of ground planted with vines, or field sown with corn, or any seed to sow with; so exactly conformable were they to the prescriptions of their ancestor. Diodorus Siculus (g) reports of the Nabatheans, a people of Arabia, descended from Nebaioth, see Isaiah 60:7; that they have several laws which are much the same with those enjoined the Rechabites; for he says,

"it is a law with them not to sow corn, nor to plant any plant that bears fruit, nor to make use of wine, nor to build houses; and whosoever is found doing any of these things is, reckoned worthy of death; and the reason of their having such a law is, because they think that those who possess such things are easily compelled by men in power to do whatever is commanded them, for the sake of the enjoyment of them.''

(g) Bibliothec. l. 19. p. 730. Ed. Rhod. 35:1-11 Jonadab was famous for wisdom and piety. He lived nearly 300 years before, 2Ki 10:15. Jonadab charged his posterity not to drink wine. He also appointed them to dwell in tents, or movable dwelling: this would teach them not to think of settling any where in this world. To keep low, would be the way to continue long in the land where they were strangers. Humility and contentment are always the best policy, and men's surest protection. Also, that they might not run into unlawful pleasures, they were to deny themselves even lawful delights. The consideration that we are strangers and pilgrims should oblige us to abstain from all fleshly lusts. Let them have little to lose, and then losing times would be the less dreadful: let them sit loose to what they had, and then they might with less pain be stript of it. Those are in the best frame to meet sufferings who live a life of self-denial, and who despise the vanities of the world. Jonadab's posterity observed these rules strictly, only using proper means for their safety in a time of general suffering.
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