Chapter One

  1. IN THE sec­ond year of Da-‍ri‍‍-‍us the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of month, came the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ by Hag‍‍-‍gai the proph­et un­to Ze-‍rub‍‍-‍ba-‍bel the son of She-‍al‍‍-‍ti-‍el, gov­er­nor of Ju­dah, and to Joshua the son of Jos‍‍-‍e-‍dech, the high priest, saying,
  2. Thus speak­eth the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, say­ing, This peo­ple say, The time is not come, the time that the ⟨Lord’s⟩ house should be built.
  3. Then came the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ by Hag‍‍-‍gai the proph­et, saying,
  4. Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste?
  5. Now there­fore thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Con­sid­er your ways.
  6. Ye have sown much, and bring in lit­tle; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earn­eth wages earn­eth wages to put it in­to a bag with holes.
  7. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Con­sid­er your ways.
  8. Go up to the moun­tain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take plea­sure in it, and I will be glo­ri­fied, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  9. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to lit­tle; and when ye brought it home, I did blow up­on it. Why? sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts. Be­cause of mine house that is waste, and ye run ev­ery man un­to his own house.
  10. Therefore the heav­en over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
  11. 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 bring­eth forth, and up­on men, and up­on cat­tle, and up­on all the la­bour of the hands.
  12. Then Ze-‍rub‍‍-‍ba-‍bel the son of She-‍al‍‍-‍ti-‍el, and Joshua the son of Jos‍‍-‍e-‍dech, the high priest, with all the rem­nant of the peo­ple, obeyed the voice of the ⟨Lord⟩ their ⟨God⟩, and the words of Hag‍‍-‍gai the proph­et, as the ⟨Lord⟩ their ⟨God⟩ had sent him, and the peo­ple did fear be­fore the ⟨Lord⟩.
  13. Then spake Hag‍‍-‍gai the ⟨Lord’s⟩ mes­sen­ger in the ⟨Lord’s⟩ mes­sage un­to the peo­ple, say­ing, I am with you, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  14. And the ⟨Lord⟩ stirred up the spir­it of Ze-‍rub‍‍-‍ba-‍bel the son of She-‍al‍‍-‍ti-‍el, gov­er­nor of Ju­dah, and the spir­it of Joshua the son of Jos‍‍-‍e-‍dech, 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⟩,
  15. In the four and twen­ti­eth day of the sixth month, in sec­ond year of Da-‍ri‍‍-‍us the king.
Chapter Two
  1. IN THE seventh month, in the one and twen­ti­eth day of the month, came the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ by the proph­et Hag‍‍-‍gai, saying,
  2. Speak now to Ze-‍rub‍‍-‍ba-‍bel the son of She-‍al‍‍-‍ti-‍el, gov­er­nor of Ju­dah, and to Joshua the son of Jos‍‍-‍e-‍dech, the high priest, with all the res­i­due of the peo­ple, saying,
  3. Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glo­ry? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in com­par­i­son of it as nothing? []

  1. Yet now be strong, O Ze-‍rub‍‍-‍ba-‍bel, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩; nd be strong, O Joshua, son of Jos‍‍-‍e-‍dech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye peo­ple of the land, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, and work: for I  am with you, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts:
  2. According to the word that I cov­en­ant­ed with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spir­it re­main­eth among you: fear ye not.
  3. For thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Yet once, it is a lit­tle while, and I will shake the heav­ens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
  4. And I will shake all na­tions, and the de­sire of all na­tions shall come: and I will fill this house with glo­ry, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  5. The sil­ver is mine, and the gold is mine, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  6. The glo­ry of this lat­ter house shall be great­er than of the for­mer, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  7. In the four and twen­ti­eth day of the ninth month, in the sec­ond year of Da-‍ri‍‍-‍us, came the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ by Hag‍‍-‍gai the proph­et saying,
  8. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Ask now the priests con­cern­ing the law, saying,
  9. If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his gar­ment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pot­tage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests an­swered and said, No.
  10. Then said Hag‍‍-‍gai, If one that is un­clean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be un­clean? And the priests an­swered and said, It shall be unclean.
  11. Then an­swered Hag‍‍-‍gai, and said, So is this peo­ple, and so is this na­tion be­fore me, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩; and so is ev­ery work of their hands; and that which they of­fer there is unclean.
  12. 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⟩:
  13. Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twen­ty mea­sures, there were but ten: when one came to the press­fat for to draw out fif­ty ves­sels out of the press, there were but twenty.
  14. I smote you with blast­ing and with mil­dew and with hail in all the la­bours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  15. Consider now from this day and up­ward, from the four and twen­ti­eth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foun­da­tion of the ⟨Lord’s⟩ tem­ple was laid, con­sid­er it.
  16. Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pom­e­gran­ate, and the ol­ive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.
  17. And again the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ came un­to Hag‍‍-‍gai in the four and twen­ti­eth day of the month, saying,
  18. Speak to Ze-‍rub‍‍-‍ba-‍bel, gov­er­nor of Ju­dah, say­ing, I will shake the heav­ens and the earth;
  19. And I will over­throw the throne of king­doms, and I will de­stroy the strength of the king­doms of the heath­en; and I will over­throw the char­i­ots, and those that ride in them; and the hors­es and their rid­ers shall come down, ev­ery one by the sword of his brother.
  20. In that day, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, will I take thee, O Ze-‍rub‍‍-‍ba-‍bel, my serv­ant, the son of She-‍al‍‍-‍ti-‍el, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, and will make thee as a sig­net: for I have cho­sen thee, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
"precept upon precept; line upon line" . . . - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).