Amplified Bible

Haggai 1

Haggai Begins Temple Building

1In the second year of [a]Darius the king [of Persia], on the first day of the sixth month (Aug 29, 520 b.c.), the word of the Lord 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, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘These people say, “The time has not come that the Lord’s house (temple) should be [b]rebuilt.”’” Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to live in your [expensive] paneled houses while this house [of the Lord] lies in ruins?” Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways and thoughtfully reflect on your conduct! You have planted much, but you harvest little; you eat, but you do not have enough; you drink, but you do not have enough to be intoxicated; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns wages earns them just to put them in a bag with holes in it [because God has withheld His blessing].”

Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways and thoughtfully reflect on your conduct! Go up to the hill country, bring lumber and rebuild My house (temple), that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord [accepting it as done for My glory]. You look for much [harvest], but it comes to little; and even when you bring that home, I blow it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house, which lies in ruins while each of you runs to his own house [eager to enjoy it]. 10 Therefore, because of you [that is, your sin and disobedience] the heavens withhold the dew and the earth withholds its produce. 11 I called for a drought on the land and the hill country, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”

12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people [who had returned from exile], listened carefully and obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, since the Lord their God had sent him. And the people [reverently] feared the Lord. 13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people saying, “‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord.” 14 So the Lord 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 the Lord of hosts, their God, 15 on the [c]twenty-fourth day of the sixth month (Sept 21, 520 b.c.) in the second year of Darius the king.

Notas al pie

  1. Haggai 1:1 Darius the Great ruled Persia (capital city, Persepolis) from 522-486 b.c. He was an avid builder who used paid workers for his projects instead of slaves, a concept which at that time was revolutionary. He was a gifted visionary, and an energetic king whose social and economic goals endured and greatly benefited both his subjects and future generations. He developed efficient highways, standardized coinage, weights, measures, and he promoted religious tolerance and human rights.
  2. Haggai 1:2 The people of Judah had completed seventy years of captivity in Babylon (Jer 25:11, 12; Dan 9:2). In October 539 b.c., the Medes and Persians conquered Babylon, whereupon Cyrus the Great (founder of the Persian Empire, his reign extended from 559-529 b.c.) issued a decree permitting the Jews to return home and mandating the rebuilding of the temple (Ezra 1:1-4). Some 50,000 returned (Ezra 2:64, 65) and shortly thereafter laid the foundation of the temple (Ezra 3:8-10), but when neighboring Samaritans antagonized the Jews, work on the temple stopped and the temple work lay dormant for some sixteen years. It was during the reign of Darius the Great that Haggai and Zechariah rebuked the people and admonished them to complete the temple. The people responded and the temple was completed in 516 b.c.
  3. Haggai 1:15 Just twenty-three days elapsed from the original prophecy and the resumption of work on the temple.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

哈该书 1

耶和华命令百姓重建圣殿

1大流士王执政第二年六月一日,耶和华借着先知哈该对撒拉铁的儿子犹大省长所罗巴伯和约撒答的儿子大祭司约书亚说:

“万军之耶和华说,‘这些百姓说,重建耶和华殿的时候还没到。’” 因此,耶和华对先知哈该说: “这殿还是一片废墟,你们却住在华丽的房子里。 万军之耶和华说,你们要认真反省自己的行为。 你们种多收少,吃不饱,喝不足,穿不暖,挣来的工钱却放在漏口袋中。”

万军之耶和华说:“你们要认真反省自己的行为。 你们要上山伐木,重建这殿,好让我欢喜并得到尊崇。这是耶和华说的。 你们盼望丰收,结果收的很少;你们把收成带回家,我却把它们吹走。这是什么缘故?万军之耶和华告诉你们,‘因为你们都忙于建自家的房子,任由我的殿一片废墟。 10 所以,天不降雨露,地无出产。 11 我让旱灾临到大地、群山、五谷、葡萄、橄榄等地里的出产以及人畜,使你们一切的劳碌付诸东流。’”

12 撒拉铁的儿子犹大省长所罗巴伯、约撒答的儿子大祭司约书亚和所有的余民[a]听到他们的上帝耶和华借先知哈该所讲的话,都顺服耶和华的话。百姓都敬畏耶和华。 13 耶和华的使者哈该向百姓传达耶和华的话,说:“耶和华说,‘我与你们同在。’” 14 耶和华感动撒拉铁的儿子犹大省长所罗巴伯、约撒答的儿子大祭司约书亚和所有的余民,他们就动工建造他们的上帝万军之耶和华的殿, 15 时值大流士王执政第二年六月二十四日。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:12 余民”指“从流亡之地归回的人”。