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Haggai 1:1-15

Haggai Tells His People to Rebuild the Lord’s Temple

1A message from the Lord came to Haggai the prophet. Haggai gave it to Zerubbabel and Joshua. Zerubbabel was governor of Judah and the son of Shealtiel. Joshua was high priest and the son of Jozadak. The message came on the first day of the sixth month of the second year that Darius was king of Persia. Here is what Haggai said.

2Here is what the Lord who rules over all says. “The people of Judah say, ‘It’s not yet time to rebuild the Lord’s temple.’ ”

3So the message from the Lord came to me. The Lord said, 4“My temple is still destroyed. But you are living in your houses that have beautiful wooden walls.”

5The Lord who rules over all says, “Think carefully about how you are living. 6You have planted many seeds. But the crops you have gathered are small. So you eat. But you never have enough. You drink. But you are never full. You put on your clothes. But you are not warm. You earn your pay. But it will not buy everything you need.”

7He continues, “Think carefully about how you are living. 8Go up into the mountains. Bring logs down. Use them to rebuild the temple, my house. Then I will enjoy it. And you will honor me,” says the Lord. 9“You expected a lot. But you can see what a small amount it turned out to be. I blew away what you brought home. I’ll tell you why,” announces the Lord who rules over all. “Because my temple is still destroyed. In spite of that, each one of you is busy with your own house. 10So because of what you have done, the heavens have held back the dew. And the earth has not produced its crops. 11I ordered the rain not to fall on the fields and mountains. Then the ground did not produce any grain. There were not enough grapes to make fresh wine. The trees did not bear enough olives to make oil. People and cattle suffered. All your hard work failed.”

12Zerubbabel was the son of Shealtiel. Joshua the high priest was the son of Jozadak. They obeyed the Lord their God. So did all the Lord’s people who were still left alive. The Lord had given his message to them through me. He had sent me to speak to them. And the people had respect for him.

13Haggai was the Lord’s messenger. So Haggai gave the Lord’s message to the people. He told them, “The Lord announces, ‘I am with you.’ ” 14So the Lord stirred up the spirits of Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, and Joshua the high priest. The Lord also stirred up the rest of the people to help them. Then everyone began to work on the temple of the Lord who rules over all. He is their God. 15It was the 24th day of the sixth month.

The New Temple Will Be Beautiful

In the second year of King Darius,

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Haggajs Bog 1:1-15

Gud befaler folket at genopbygge templet

1Profeten Haggaj modtog følgende budskab fra Herren den første dag i den sjette måned af kong Dareios’ andet regeringsår. Haggaj fik besked på at give det videre til Judas guvernør, Zerubbabel, søn af Shealtiel, og ypperstepræsten Josva, søn af Jotzadak.

2„Hør hvad Gud, den Almægtige, siger: Hvorfor siger folk, at tiden endnu ikke er inde til at genopbygge mit tempel? 3-4Mener I virkelig, at det er rigtigt af jer at bo i fornemme huse, når mit hus stadig ligger i ruiner? 5Tænk over, hvordan det går med jer: 6I planter og sår, men får en dårlig høst. I mangler både mad og drikke og tøj, og jeres arbejdsløn forsvinder som i en hullet pung. 7Se jer omkring og tænk over situationen.

8Gå nu op i bjergene og hent tømmer, så mit tempel kan blive færdigbygget, og jeg kan glæde mig over det og vise jer min herlighed.

9I håber på en god høst, men det bliver kun til lidt, og den smule I henter hjem, forsvinder som dug for solen. Hvorfor? Fordi mit hus ligger i ruiner, mens I har travlt med at bygge huse til jer selv. 10Derfor holder jeg regnen tilbage, så I får en dårlig høst. 11Jeg lader tørken ramme både lavland og højland, korn og druer, oliven og de øvrige afgrøder. Både mennesker og kvæg lider under det. Alt jeres møjsommelige arbejde er spildt.”

12Da adlød de alle sammen Herrens ord, som kom til dem gennem profeten Haggaj. Både guvernøren Zerubbabel, ypperstepræsten Josva og den rest af befolkningen, som var kommet tilbage til landet, adlød, for de var klar over, at budskabet var fra Gud, og de tog det alvorligt.

13Profeten Haggaj gav da folket følgende ord fra Herren: „Jeg vil være med jer og velsigne jer!” 14-15Og Gud gjorde Zerubbabel, Josva og hele folket så opsat på at genopbygge Herrens, den Almægtiges, tempel, at de allerede den 24. i samme måned tog fat på arbejdet.