A reproof of the Jews for their delay in building, which had provoked God to punish them, ver. 1 - 11.
The peoples return to the work, whom the prophet, in God's name, encourages therein, ver. 12 - 15.
|1:1||Son - Adoptive son to Shealtiel, being of the royal line, but by nature, son of Pedaiah. Governor - Appointed to this by the Persian king, over the remnant returned out of Babylon.Joshua - A type of the great deliverer; one Joshua leads them into Canaan, another restores the temple.|
|1:4||Ceiled - Arched and richly adorned.|
|1:6||Have not enough - But what you eat doth not nourish or satisfy you. Are not filled - Your water quenches not your thirst, your wine does not revive your spirit. None warm - You have no comfort therein.With holes - Loses all his labour.|
|1:8||Take pleasure - I will accept your offerings, and hear your prayers. Glorified - Shew my majesty and account myself glorified by you also.|
|1:9||Came to little - But it answered not the expectation.I did blow - I blasted it. Ye run - You with eagerness carry on your own particular buildings.|
|1:10||Is stayed - God hath forbidden them, to drop down dew.|
|1:11||Upon men - The very blood, and constitutions of men were changed, and many diseases afflicted them.|
|1:13||In the Lord's message - ln the words of his master.The people - The whole assembly.|
|1:14||The Lord of hosts - By which name he delights to be known among the returned captives; and it was a name best suited to their present state, compassed on all hands with enemies.|