In the 1secondyear of Darius the king, on the firstday of the sixthmonth, the word of the LORDcame by the prophet2Haggai to 3Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, 4governor of Judah, and to 5Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the highpriest, saying,
2"Thussays the LORD of ahosts, 'Thispeoplesays, "The time has not come, even the time for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt.""'
Then the word of the LORDcame by Haggai the prophet, saying,
"Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneledhouses while thishouse6lies desolate?"
5Now therefore, thussays the LORD of hosts, "bConsider your ways!
"You have 7sownmuch, but charvestlittle; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is dnot enough to becomedrunk; you put on clothing, but noone is warm enough; and he who earns, earnswages to put into a purse with holes."
7Thussays the LORD of hosts, "eConsider your ways!
8"Go up to the fmountains, bringwood and 8rebuild the gtemple, that I may be 9pleased with it and be 10glorified," says the LORD.
"11You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I 12blow it away. Why ?" declares the LORD of hosts, "Because of My housewhich13lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.
10"Therefore , because of you the 14sky has withheldhits dew and the earth has withheld its produce.
"I called for a 15drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the newwine, on the oil, on what the groundproduces, on 16men, on cattle, and on 17all the labor of iyour hands."
Then 18Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and 19Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the highpriest, with all the remnant of the people, 20obeyed the voice of the LORD their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him. And the peoplej21showedreverence for the LORD.
Then Haggai, the 22messenger of the LORD, spokekby the commission of the LORD to the peoplesaying, " '23I am with you,' declares the LORD."
So the LORDstirred up the spirit of 24Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, 25governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the highpriest, and the spirit of all the 26remnant of the people; and they came and 27worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,
on the twenty-fourthday of the sixthmonth in the secondyear of Darius the king.