‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes as nothing? Bible see other translations

“this house.” The temple was often called “the house of God” or simply the “house,” as it is here.

“in its former glory.” That is, before it was burned to the ground by Nebuchadnezzar, and all the temple vessels, such as the bronze sea, bronze pillars, etc., were carried off to Babylon (2 Kings 25:8-15). The Babylonian captivity was 70 years, so although there were some people in the audience who had seen the temple when they were small children, they would be very old at the time of Haggai.

Commentary for: Haggai 2:3