The introductory word
In the asecond
year of 1Darius
the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of Jehovah came through 2Haggai
the prophet unto 3bZerubbabel
the son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah, and unto cJoshua
the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,
Jehovah's rebuke and charge concerning the delay of the building of His house
Thus says Jehovah of hosts, saying, This people says, The time has not come, the time for the house of Jehovah to be built.
Then the word of Jehovah came through aHaggai
the prophet, saying,
Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled-up houses, while this ahouse
Now therefore thus says Jehovah of hosts, 1Consider
sown much, but you bring in 1little
; you eat, but there is no satisfaction; you drink, but there is no being filled with drink; you dress yourselves, but there is no warmth in doing so; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put them into a bag with holes.
Thus says Jehovah of hosts, Consider your ways.
Go up to the mountain and 1bring
wood and build the house, and I will take pleasure in it and will be glorified, says Jehovah.
Jehovah's further rebuke
You looked for much, and yet it amounted to little; and when you brought it home, I blew on it. Why? declares Jehovah of hosts. Because of My house that lies waste while you each 1run
to your own house.
Therefore over you the heavens withhold their adew
, and the earth withholds its yield.
Indeed I called for a adrought
upon the land and upon the mountains and upon the grain and upon the new wine and upon the fresh oil and upon that which the ground brings forth and upon man and upon beast and upon all the toil of the hands.
The people's response
the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all the remnant of the people listened to the voice of Jehovah their God and to the words of Haggai the prophet, as Jehovah their God had sent him; and the people were in fear before Jehovah.
Then Haggai, Jehovah’s messenger, spoke in Jehovah’s message to the people, saying, I am with you, declares Jehovah.
And Jehovah astirred
up the 1spirit
of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah, and the 1spirit
of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the 1spirit
of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did 2work
in the bhouse
of Jehovah of hosts their God,
On the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.