"Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?"
Now, the Lord of Hosts says this: "Think carefully about your ways:
You have planted much but harvested little. You eat but never have enough to be satisfied. You drink but never have enough to become drunk. You put on clothes but never have enough to get warm. The wage earner [puts his] wages into a bag with a hole in it."
The Lord of Hosts says this: "Think carefully about your ways.
Go up into the hills, bring down lumber, and build the house. Then I will be pleased with it and be glorified," says the Lord.
"You expected much, but then it amounted to little. When you brought [the harvest] to your house, I ruined it. Why?" [This is] the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. "Because My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house.