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1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, 1:2 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.
1:3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 1:4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
1:6 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.
1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
1:8 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.
1:9 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.
1:10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
1:11 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.
1:12 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 did fear before the LORD.
1:13 Then spake Haggai the LORD's messenger in the LORD's message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.
1:14 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, 1:15 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.

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Everything King James Bible:Haggai
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Haggai
Chapter: 1

Haggai reproves the Jews for neglecting the Temple. (1-11) He
promises God's assistance to them. (12-15)

1-11 Observe the Sin of the Jews, after their return from
Captivity in Babylon. Those employed for God may be driven from
their work By a storm, yet they must go back to it. They did not
say that they would not build a Temple, but, Not yet. Thus men
do not say they will never repent and reform, and be religious,
but, Not yet. And So the great business we were sent into the
world to do, is not done. There is a proneness in us to think
wrongly of discouragements in our duty, as if they were a
discharge from our duty, when they are only for the trial of our
courage and Faith. They neglected the Building of God's House,
that they might have more time and Money for worldly affairs.
That the Punishment might answer to the Sin, the poverty they
thought to prevent By not Building the Temple, God brought upon
them for not Building it. Many good Works have been intended,
but not done, because men supposed the proper time was not come.
Thus believers let slip opportunities of usefulness, and sinners
delay the concerns of their souls, till too late. If we labour
only for the meat that perishes, as the Jews here, we are in
danger of losing our labour; but we are sure it shall not be in
vain in the Lord, if we labour for the meat which lasts to
eternal Life. If we would have the comfort and continuance of
temporal enjoyments, we must have God as our Friend. See also

Lu 12:33. When God crosses our temporal affairs, and we meet
with trouble and disappointment, we shall find the cause is,
that the work we have to do for God and our own souls is left
undone, and we seek our own things more than the things of
Christ. How many, who plead that they cannot afford to give to
pious or charitable designs, often lavish ten times as much in
needless expenses On their houses and themselves! But those are
strangers to their own interests, who are full of care to adorn
and enrich their own houses, while God's Temple in their hearts
lies waste. It is the great concern of every one, to apply to
the necessary duty of self-examination and Communion with our
own hearts concerning our spiritual state. Sin is what we must
answer for; duty is what we must do. But many are quick-sighted
to pry into other people's ways, who are careless of their own.
If any duty has been neglected, that is No reason why it should
still be So. Whatever God will take pleasure in when done, we
ought to take pleasure in doing. Let those who have Put off
their return to God, return with all their Heart, while there is

12-15 The people returned to God in the way of duty. In
attending to God's ministers, we must have respect to him that
sent them. The Word of the Lord has success, when By his Grace
he stirs up our spirits to comply with it. It is in the Day of
Divine power we are made willing. When God has work to be done,
he will either find or make men fit to do it. Every one helped,
as his ability was; and this they did with a regard to the Lord
as their God. Those who have lost time, need to redeem time; and
the longer we have loitered in folly, the more haste we should
make. God met them in a way of Mercy. Those who work for him,
have him with them; and if he be for us, who can be against us?
This should stir us up to be diligent.

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