The Message

Haggai 1

Caught Up with Taking Care of Your Own Houses

1On the first day of the sixth month of the second year in the reign of King Darius of Persia, God’s Message was delivered by the prophet Haggai to the governor of Judah, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and to the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak:

A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: “The people procrastinate. They say this isn’t the right time to rebuild my Temple, the Temple of God.”

3-4 Shortly after that, God said more and Haggai spoke it: “How is it that it’s the ‘right time’ for you to live in your fine new homes while the Home, God’s Temple, is in ruins?”

5-6 And then a little later, God-of-the-Angel-Armies spoke out again:

“Take a good, hard look at your life.
    Think it over.
You have spent a lot of money,
    but you haven’t much to show for it.
You keep filling your plates,
    but you never get filled up.
You keep drinking and drinking and drinking,
    but you’re always thirsty.
You put on layer after layer of clothes,
    but you can’t get warm.
And the people who work for you,
    what are they getting out of it?
Not much—
    a leaky, rusted-out bucket, that’s what.

That’s why God-of-the-Angel-Armies said:

“Take a good, hard look at your life.
    Think it over.”

8-9 Then God said:

“Here’s what I want you to do:
    Climb into the hills and cut some timber.
Bring it down and rebuild the Temple.
    Do it just for me. Honor me.
You’ve had great ambitions for yourselves,
    but nothing has come of it.
The little you have brought to my Temple
    I’ve blown away—there was nothing to it.

9-11 “And why?” (This is a Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, remember.) “Because while you’ve run around, caught up with taking care of your own houses, my Home is in ruins. That’s why. Because of your stinginess. And so I’ve given you a dry summer and a skimpy crop. I’ve matched your tight-fisted stinginess by decreeing a season of drought, drying up fields and hills, withering gardens and orchards, stunting vegetables and fruit. Nothing—not man or woman, not animal or crop—is going to thrive.”

12 Then the governor, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, and the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak, and all the people with them listened, really listened, to the voice of their God. When God sent the prophet Haggai to them, they paid attention to him. In listening to Haggai, they honored God.

13 Then Haggai, God’s messenger, preached God’s Message to the people: “I am with you!” God’s Word.

14-15 This is how God got Zerubbabel, Joshua, and all the people moving—got them working on the Temple of God-of-the-Angel-Armies. This happened on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哈該書 1



「萬軍之耶和華說,『這些百姓說,重建耶和華殿的時候還沒到。』」 因此,耶和華對先知哈該說: 「這殿還是一片廢墟,你們卻住在華麗的房子裡。 萬軍之耶和華說,你們要認真反省自己的行為。 你們種多收少,吃不飽,喝不足,穿不暖,掙來的工錢卻放在漏口袋中。」

萬軍之耶和華說:「你們要認真反省自己的行為。 你們要上山伐木,重建這殿,好讓我歡喜並得到尊崇。這是耶和華說的。 你們盼望豐收,結果收的很少;你們把收成帶回家,我卻把它們吹走。這是什麼緣故?萬軍之耶和華告訴你們,『因為你們都忙於建自家的房子,任由我的殿一片廢墟。 10 所以,天不降雨露,地無出產。 11 我讓旱災臨到大地、群山、五穀、葡萄、橄欖等地裡的出產以及人畜,使你們一切的勞碌付諸東流。』」

12 撒拉鐵的兒子猶大省長所羅巴伯、約撒答的兒子大祭司約書亞和所有的餘民[a]聽到他們的上帝耶和華藉先知哈該所講的話,都順服耶和華的話。百姓都敬畏耶和華。 13 耶和華的使者哈該向百姓傳達耶和華的話,說:「耶和華說,『我與你們同在。』」 14 耶和華感動撒拉鐵的兒子猶大省長所羅巴伯、約撒答的兒子大祭司約書亞和所有的餘民,他們就動工建造他們的上帝萬軍之耶和華的殿, 15 時值大流士王執政第二年六月二十四日。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·12 餘民」指「從流亡之地歸回的人」。