Haggai 1:9

Overview - Haggai 1
The time when Haggai prophesied.
He reproves the people for neglecting the building of the house.
He incites them to the building.
12 He promises them, being forward, God's assistance.
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Haggai 1:9  (King James Version)
Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

Ye looked
They had used all proper means in the cultivation of their lands, and had "sown much;" but when they rationally entertained the most sanguine expectations of a large increase, they were strangely disappointed; and even what they had brought home was unaccountably wasted, as if the Lord had "blown upon it," and driven it away! And the reason was,
because they neglected the temple, and left it in ruins, whilst they eagerly employed themselves in building and decorating their own houses; therefore they were visited by drought and famine, and by various diseases on man and beast. 6 ; Haggai 2:16 Haggai 2:17 Isaiah 17:10 Isaiah 17:11 ; Malachi 3:8-11

blow upon it
or, blow it away.
2 Samuel 22:16 ; 2 Kings 19:7 ; Isaiah 40:7 ; Malachi 2:2

Job 10:2 ; Psalms 77:5-10

4 ; Joshua 7:10-15 ; 2 Samuel 21:1 ; Matthew 10:37 Matthew 10:38 ; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32 ; Revelation 2:4 ; 3:19