1In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai the prophet, to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying,
2“This is what Yahweh of Armies says: These people are saying the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of Yahweh.”
3Then the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
4“Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your paneled houses, while this house lies waste?
5Now therefore this is what Yahweh of Armies says: Consider your ways.
6You 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 yourselves, but no one is warm, and he who earns wages earns wages to put them into a bag with holes in it.
7This is what Yahweh of Armies says: Consider your ways.
8Go up to the mountain, bring wood, and build the house. I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says Yahweh.
9You looked for much, and, behold, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? says Yahweh of Armies, Because of my house that lies waste, while each of you is busy with his own house.
10Therefore for your sake the heavens withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit.
11And I called for a drought on the land, and on the mountains, and on the grain, and on the new wine, and on the oil, and on whatever the ground brings forth, and on people, and on livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
12Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of Yahweh their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as Yahweh their God had sent him; and the people feared Yahweh.
13Then Haggai, Yahweh’s messenger, spoke Yahweh’s message to the people, saying, “I am with you, says Yahweh.”
14Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of Yahweh of Armies, their God,
15in the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.