"Thus the Lord of hosts speaks, saying, 'Say to this people, 'The time has not come, the time that the Lord's House should be built.'"
Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
"[Is it] time for you, O you, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house [lies] waste?
Now therefore thus the Lord of hosts says; 'Consider your ways.
You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourself, but there is no warmth; and he who earns wages, earns wages [to put it] into a bag with holes.'
Thus the Lord of hosts says; 'Consider your ways.
Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the House; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified,' the Lord says.
'You looked for much, and, look, [it came] to little; and when you brought [it] home, I blew upon it. Why?' The Lord of hosts says. 'Because of My House which [is] waste, and you run, every man to his own house.
Therefore the heaven over you is shut from dew, and the earth is shut [from] her fruit.
And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon [that] which the ground brings forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of the hands.'"
Then Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua, the son of Josedech, 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 before the Lord.
Then Haggai, the Lord's messenger, spoke in the Lord's message to the people, saying, "'I [am] with you,' the Lord says."
And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua, the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the House of the Lord of hosts, their God,
In the twenty fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.
In the seventh [month], in the twenty first [day] of the month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying,
"Speak now to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,
'Who [is] left among you that saw this House in her first glory? And how do you see it now? [Is it] not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?
Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel,' the Lord says; 'And be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,' the Lord says, 'And work, for I [am] with you,' the Lord of hosts says.
'[According to] the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you, do not fear.'
For thus the Lord of hosts says; 'Yet once, it [is] a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry [land];
And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations will come, and I will fill this House with glory,' the Lord of hosts says.
'The silver [is] Mine, and the gold [is] Mine,' the Lord of hosts says.
'The glory of this latter House will be greater than of the former,' the Lord of hosts says, 'And I will give peace in this place,' the Lord of hosts says."
In the twenty fourth [day] of the ninth [month], in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
"Thus the Lord of hosts says; 'Now ask the priests [concerning] the law, saying,
'If one bears holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and touches bread with his skirt, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, will it be holy?'" And the priests answered and said, "No."
Then Haggai said, "If [one who is] unclean by a dead body touches any of these, will it be unclean?" And the priests answered and said, "It will be unclean."
Then Haggai answered and said, "'So [is] this people, and so [is] this nation before Me,' the Lord says; 'And so [is] every work of their hands; and that which they offer there [is] unclean.'
And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the Lord.
Since those [days] were, when [one] came to a heap of twenty [measures], there were [but] ten, when [one] came to the pressfat to draw out fifty [vessels] out of the press, there were [but] twenty.
'I struck you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you [did] not [turn] to Me,' the Lord says.
'Consider now from this day and upward, from the twenty fourth day of the ninth [month, even] from the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid, consider [it].
Is the seed still in the barn? Indeed, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, has not brought forth, from this day, I will bless [you].'"
And again the word of the Lord came to Haggai in the twenty fourth [day] of the month, saying,
"Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, 'I will shake the heavens and the earth;