For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour.
Before the work on the Temple began, there were no jobs and no money to hire people or animals. No traveler was safe from the enemy, for there were enemies on all sides. I had turned everyone against each other.
For before these days
That the temple began to be built: there was no hire for
men, nor any hire for beasts;
that turned to any account; the wages earned by the one, and with
the other, were as if they were put into a bag with holes, did
not prosper with them, or do them any service, ( Haggai 1:6 ) ( 2:16 ) : neither
[was there any] peace to him that went out or came
in, because of the affliction;
there was no safety in passing to and fro, nor any peaceable
enjoyment of what a man had, because of affliction and oppression
by the enemy on every side, and from every quarter: for I
set all men everyone against his neighbour;
expressive of the internal divisions and contentions among
themselves, which are said to be of the Lord, because he
permitted them as a chastisement upon them for their sins.