Haggai 1

Haggai Begins Temple Building

1 In the 1second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet 2Haggai to 3Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, 4governor of Judah, and to 5Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,
2 "Thus says the LORD of ahosts, 'This people says, "The time has not come, even the time for the house of the LORD to be rebuilt.""'
3 Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4 "Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house 6lies desolate?"
5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, "bConsider * * your ways!
6 "You have 7sown much, but charvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is dnot enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes."
7 Thus says the LORD of hosts, "eConsider * * your ways!
8 "Go up to the fmountains, bring wood and 8rebuild the gtemple, that I may be 9pleased with it and be 10glorified," says the LORD.
9 "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 house which 13lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house.
10 "Therefore *, because of you the 14sky has withheld hits dew and the earth has withheld its produce.
11 "I called for a 15drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on 16men, on cattle, and on 17all the labor of iyour hands."
12 Then 18Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and 19Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, 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 people j21showed reverence for the LORD.
13 Then Haggai, the 22messenger of the LORD, spoke kby the commission of the LORD to the people saying, " '23I am with you,' declares the LORD."
14 So the LORD stirred up the spirit of 24Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, 25governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, 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,
15 on the twenty-fourth * day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king.
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