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Haggai 1:1-15

1  In the year two of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, Jehovah’s word came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshuaʽ the son of Jehosadak, the high priest: 2*  “Says Jehovah of Armies, This people say ‘The time for Jehovah’s house to be built has not come yet.’” 3  And Jehovah’s word came by the prophet Haggai: 4  “Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your houses with wainscoting while this house lies in ruins? 5  Now Jehovah of Armies says, Pay attention to what you are about. 6*  You have been sowing much and bringing in little, eating but not so as to have your fill, drinking but not so as to feel the effects, dressing but not so as to be warm, and the wage-earner earning into a pocket with a hole in it. 7  Says Jehovah of Armies, Pay attention to what you are about. 8  Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build the house and have me accept it and be an object of respect, says Jehovah. 9**  Facing round toward a great deal and finding it turns out a little, bringing a crop into the house and finding I have blown on it—what for? quoth Jehovah of Armies; on account of my house which is in ruins while you are each running for his own house; 10  that is why the sky has shut off dew and the ground has shut off its growth, 11  and I have called up a drought over the country and over the mountains, and over the grain and over the grapejuice and over the oil and over everything the soil puts out and over man and over beast and over all the hands have toiled for.” 12  And Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshuaʽ the son of Jehosadak, the high priest, and all the remnant of the people, obeyed their God Jehovah and listened to the words of the prophet 13  Haggai as their God Jehovah had sent him to them; and the people were afraid of Jehovah, but Jehovah’s messenger Haggai, on Jehovah’s mission, said to the people “I am with you, quoth Jehovah.” 14  And Jehovah stirred the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and of Joshuaʽ the son of Jehosadak, the high priest, and of all the remnant of the people, and they came and did work on the house of their God Jehovah of Armies, 15*  on the twenty-fourth day of the month in the sixth month.

Footnotes

1:2 Codd.* say ‘It is not time for coming, time for Jehovah’s house to be built.’
1:6 Lit. a package with
1:9 Lit. without a crop
1:9 Lit. and I blow on it
1:15 Lit. in the sixth without month at end of sentence