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Haggai 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Temple Lies in Ruins

1 In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on [the] first day, the word of Yahweh came {through}a Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, 2 "Thus says Yahweh of hosts: 'This people says, "{The time has not come to rebuild the temple of Yahweh}.'" b 3 And the word of Yahweh came {through}c Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 "[Is it] a time for you yourselves to dwell in your houses that have been paneled [while] this housed [is] desolate?" 5 And so then, thus says Yahweh of hosts: '{Consider your ways}!e 6 You have sown much but have harvested little. You have eaten without [being] satisfied; {you have drunk without being satiated};f you have worn clothes without [being] warm; the one who earns wages puts it in {a pouch with holes}.'g 7 Thus says Yahweh of hosts: '{Consider your ways}!h 8 Go up the mountain and bring wood and build the housei so that I may be pleased with it and honored,' says Yahweh. 9 'You have looked for much, and look! [It came] to little; and [when] you brought [it] home, I blew it [away]. Why?' {declares}j Yahweh of hosts. 'Because my house [is] desolate and you [are] running each to your own house! 10 Therefore, because of you [the] heavens have withheld [the] dew and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 I have called for a drought on the land and the hills,k on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil, on what the soil produces, on human beings and wild animals,l and on {all their labor}.'"m 12 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all the remnant of the people gave heed to the voice of Yahweh their God and to the words of Haggai the prophet, as Yahweh their God had sent him, {and the people feared Yahweh}.n 13 And Haggai the messenger of Yahweh spoke to the people with the message of Yahweh, saying, " 'I [am] with you' {declares}o Yahweh." 14 And Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and did [the] work on the house of Yahweh of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius.
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