This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the LORD Almighty.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing these words from the mouth of the prophets who were present on the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
“This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Be strong and finish the task! Ever since the laying of the foundation of the Temple of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, you have heard what the prophets have been saying about completing the building.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Let your hands be
&c.] In going on with the building of the temple, which was
typical of the church of God, since so many great and good things
were promised by the Lord, ( Haggai 2:4 ) : ye
that hear in these days;
such as Zerubbabel the ruler, Joshua the high priest, and the
rest of the people of the land: these words by the mouth of
that is, these prophecies of future good things, which were
delivered by Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi; who were the
prophets, which [were] in the day [that] the foundation of
the house of the Lord of hosts was laid;
which was in the second year of Darius, on the twenty fourth day
of the ninth month, ( Haggai 2:10Haggai 2:18 ) :
that the temple might be built;
in order to the rebuilding of it, the foundation was laid; and
from that time it was to continue building, till it was finished
F13 The true reading of these words,
according to the accents, is, "Thus saith the Lord [of hosts:] let
your hands be strong, that hear in those days these words: [out of]
the prophets, [I say, ye have heard], that, from the day the house
of the Lord of hosts shall be founded, the temple [should be
continued] to be built." So Reinbeck. De Accent. Heb. p.