A Call to Build the House of the Lord
1 In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of theLordcame through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak,the high priest:
2 This is what theLordAlmighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild theLord’s house.’ ”
3 Then the word of theLordcame through the prophet Haggai:
4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
5 Now this is what theLordAlmighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
7 This is what theLordAlmighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says theLord.
9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares theLordAlmighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.
11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of theLordtheir God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because theLordtheir God had sent him. And the people feared theLord.
13 Then Haggai, theLord’s messenger, gave this message of theLordto the people: “I am with you,” declares theLord.
14 So theLordstirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of theLordAlmighty, their God,
15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.
The Promised Glory of the New House
In the second year of King Darius,