The People Urged to Build the Temple
1 # Ezra 4.24—5.2; 6.14. In the second year of Dari´us the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord by Hag´gai the prophet unto Zerub´babel the son of She-al´ti-el, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jos´edech, the high priest, saying, 2Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built. 3Then came the word of the Lord by Hag´gai the prophet, saying, 4Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? 5Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. 6Ye 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.
7Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. 8Go 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. 9Ye 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. 10Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. 11And 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 labor of the hands.
12Then Zerub´babel the son of She-al´ti-el, and Joshua the son of Jos´edech, 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. 13Then spake Hag´gai the Lord's messenger in the Lord's message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the Lord. 14And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerub´babel the son of She-al´ti-el, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jos´edech, 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, 15in the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Dari´us the king.