1 In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of Yahwehwas addressed through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel governor of Judah and to Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priest as follows,
2 ‘Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “This people says: The time has not yet come to rebuild theTemple of Yahweh.” ‘
3 (And the word of Yahweh was addressed through the prophet Haggai, as follows,)
4 ‘Is this a time for you to live in your panelled houses, when this House lies in ruins?
5 So now, Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour.
6 You have sown much and harvested little; you eat but never have enough, drink but never have your fill, put on clothes but feel no warmth. The wage-earner gets his wages only to put them in a bag with a hole in it.”
7 Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour.
8 Go up into the hills, fetch timber and rebuild the House; and I shall take pleasure in it and manifest my glory there Yahweh says.