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1 In the second year of Da·riʹus the king,+ in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of Jehovah occurred by means of Hagʹgai+ the prophet to Ze·rubʹba·bel+ the son of She·alʹti·el,+ the governor of Judah,+ and to Joshua*+ the son of Je·hozʹa·dak+ the high* priest, saying: 2 “This is what Jehovah of armies*+ has said, ‘As regards this people, they have said: “The time has not come, the time of the house of Jehovah, for [it] to be built.”’”+ 3 And the word of Jehovah continued to come by means of Hagʹgai the prophet, saying: 4 “Is it the time for YOU yourselves to dwell in YOUR paneled houses,+ while this house is waste?+ 5 And now this is what Jehovah of armies has said, ‘Set YOUR heart upon YOUR ways.+ 6 YOU have sown much seed, but there is a bringing of little in.+ There is an eating, but it is not to satisfaction.+ There is a drinking, but not to the point of getting intoxicated. There is a putting on of clothes, but it is not with anyone’s getting warm; and he that is hiring himself out is hiring himself out for a bag having holes.’”+ 7 “This is what Jehovah of armies has said, ‘Set YOUR heart upon YOUR ways.’+ 8 “‘Go up to the mountain,* and YOU must bring in lumber.+ And build the house,+ that I may take pleasure in it+ and I may be glorified,’+ Jehovah has said.” 9 “‘There was a looking for much, but here there was just a little;+ and YOU have brought [it] into the house, and I blew upon it+—for what reason?’+ is the utterance of Jehovah of armies. ‘By reason of my house that is waste, while YOU are on the run, each one in behalf of his own house.+ 10 Therefore over YOU [the] heavens kept back [their] dew, and the earth itself kept back its yield.+ 11 And I kept calling for dryness upon the earth,* and upon the mountains, and upon the grain, and upon the new wine,+ and upon the oil, and upon what the ground would bring forth, and upon earthling man,* and upon domestic animal, and upon all the toil of [the] hands.’”+ 12 And Ze·rubʹba·bel+ the son of She·alʹti·el, and Joshua the son of Je·hozʹa·dak+ the high priest,* and all the remaining ones of the people began to listen to the voice of Jehovah their God,*+ and to the words of Hagʹgai+ the prophet, as Jehovah their God had sent him; and the people began to fear because of Jehovah.+ 13 And Hagʹgai the messenger*+ of Jehovah went on to say to the people according to the messenger’s commission from Jehovah,+ saying: “‘I am with YOU people,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.” 14 And Jehovah proceeded to rouse up the spirit+ of Ze·rubʹba·bel the son of She·alʹti·el, the governor of Judah, and the spirit* of Joshua+ the son of Je·hozʹa·dak the high priest, and the spirit of all the remaining ones of the people; and they began to enter in and to do the work in the house of Jehovah of armies their God.+ 15 It was on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of Da·riʹus+ the king.
^ “Joshua,” meaning “Jehovah Is Salvation.” Lit., “Jehoshua,” M; Sy, “Jeshua”; LXXVg, “Jesus.” See Heb 4:8 ftn, “Joshua.”
^ Or, “chief.” Lit., “great,” MLXXVg.
^ “Jehovah of armies.” Heb., Yehwahʹ tseva·ʼohthʹ; Gr., Kyʹri·os pan·to·kraʹtor, “Jehovah Almighty”; Luther (German, 1964 ed.), der HERR Zeʹba·oth. This expression occurs 14 times in Haggai’s prophecy.
^ Or, “the mountainous region.”
^ Or, “the land.” Heb., ha·ʼaʹrets.
^ Or, “mankind.” Heb., ha·ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Lit., “the great priest.”
^ “Their God.” Heb., ʼElo·heh·hemʹ.
^ Or, “angel of.” Heb., mal·ʼakhʹ; Gr., agʹge·los; Lat., nunʹti·us, “messenger.”
^ “Spirit of.” Heb., ruʹach; Gr., pneuʹma; Lat., spiʹri·tum.