The New King James Version

Haggai 1:1–15

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The Command to Build God’s House

1 In athe second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by bHaggai the prophet to cZerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to dJoshua the son of eJehozadak, the high priest, saying, “Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.” ’ ”

Then the word of the Lord fcame by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it gtime for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this 1temple to lie in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: h“Consider your ways!

6 “You have isown much, and bring in little;

You eat, but do not have enough;

You drink, but you are not filled with drink;

You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;

And jhe who earns wages,

Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the kmountains and bring wood and build the 2temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord. lYou looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, mI blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore nthe heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 For I ocalled for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on pall the labor of your hands.”

The People’s Obedience

12 qThen Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed 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 feared the presence of the Lord. 13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people, saying, r“I am with you, says the Lord.” 14 So sthe Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, tgovernor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; uand they came and worked 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 King Darius.

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