The LORD's word came through Haggai the prophet in the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month on the first day of the month, to Judah's Governor Zerubbabel, Shealtiel's son, and to the High Priest Joshua, Jehozadak's son:
This is what the LORD of heavenly forces says: These people say, "The time hasn't come, the time to rebuild the LORD's house."
Then the LORD's word came through Haggai the prophet:
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses while this house lies in ruins?
So now, this is what the LORD of heavenly forces says: Take your ways to heart.
You have sown much, but it has brought little. You eat, but there's not enough to satisfy. You drink, but not enough to get drunk. There is clothing, but not enough to keep warm. Anyone earning wages puts those wages into a bag with holes.
This is what the LORD of heavenly forces says: Take your ways to heart.
Go up to the highlands and bring back wood. Rebuild the temple so that I may enjoy it and that I may be honored, says the LORD.
You expect a surplus, but look how it shrinks. You bring it home, and I blow it away, says the LORD of heavenly forces, because my house lies in ruins. But all of you hurry to your own houses.