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,
Wito Wa Kuijenga Nyumba Ya Bwana
11:1 Ezr 4:24; 5:1-3; 2:2; 3:2; 1Nya 3:19; 6:15; Mt 1:12-13Katika mwaka wa pili wa utawala wa Mfalme Dario wa Uajemi, katika siku ya kwanza ya mwezi wa sita, neno la Bwana lilikuja kupitia kwa nabii Hagai kwenda kwa Zerubabeli mwana wa Shealtieli, mtawala wa Yuda na kwa Yoshua1:1 Yoshua kwa Kiebrania ni Yeshua, maana yake ni Yehova ni wokovu. mwana wa kuhani mkuu Yehosadaki:
21:2 Isa 13:4; 29:13Hivi ndivyo asemavyo Bwana Mwenye Nguvu Zote: “Hawa watu husema, ‘Wakati haujawadia wa kujenga nyumba ya Bwana.’ ”
31:3 Ezr 5:1Kisha neno la Bwana likaja kupitia kwa nabii Hagai: 41:4 2Sam 7:2; Yer 33:12“Je, ni wakati wenu ninyi wa kuishi katika nyumba zenu zilizojengwa vizuri, wakati hii nyumba ikibaki, gofu?”
51:5 Mao 3:40; Hag 2:15-18Sasa hili ndilo asemalo Bwana Mwenye Nguvu Zote: “Zitafakarini vyema njia zenu. 61:6 Law 26:20; Isa 5:10; 9:20; 55:2; Amo 4:8; Hag 2:16; Zek 8:10Mmepanda vingi, lakini mmevuna haba. Mnakula lakini hamshibi, mnakunywa, lakini hamtosheki. Mnavaa nguo, lakini hamsikii joto. Mnapata mishahara, lakini inatoweka kama imewekwa kwenye mfuko uliotobokatoboka.”
7Hili ndilo asemalo Bwana Mwenye Nguvu Zote: “Zitafakarini vyema njia zenu. 81:8 Ay 22:3; Yer 13:11; 1Nya 14:1; Za 132:13-14; Kut 29:43Pandeni milimani mkalete miti na kujenga nyumba, ili nipate kuifurahia, na nitukuzwe,” asema Bwana. 91:9 Kum 28:38; Isa 5:10; Neh 13:11; Za 103:16; Eze 22:21“Mlitarajia mengi, kumbe, yametokea kidogo. Ulichokileta nyumbani nilikipeperusha. Kwa nini?” asema Bwana Mwenye Nguvu Zote. “Ni kwa sababu ya nyumba yangu, inayobaki katika hali ya magofu, wakati kila mmoja wenu anajishughulisha na nyumba yake mwenyewe. 101:10 Kum 28:24; Mwa 27:28; 1Fal 17:1; 2Nya 6:26; Yer 3:3; Law 26:19; Yoe 1:18-19Kwa hiyo, kwa sababu yenu mbingu zimezuia umande wake na ardhi mavuno yake. 111:11 Kum 11:26; 28:22; Rut 1:1; 1Fal 17:1; Hag 2:17; Isa 5:6; 7:25; Hes 18:12Niliita ukame mashambani na milimani, kwenye nafaka, mvinyo mpya, mafuta pamoja na chochote kinachozalishwa na ardhi, juu ya watu na ngʼombe, pamoja na kazi za mikono yenu.”
121:12 Isa 1:9; 50:10; 55:11; Mt 28:20; Kum 31:12; Hag 2:2; Ezr 5:2; Mhu 12:13; Ay 36:11Kisha Zerubabeli mwana wa Shealtieli, Yoshua kuhani mkuu mwana wa Yehosadaki, pamoja na mabaki yote ya watu wakaitii sauti ya Bwana Mungu wao pamoja na ujumbe wa nabii Hagai, kwa sababu alikuwa ametumwa na Bwana Mungu wao. Watu walimwogopa Bwana.
131:13 Hes 14:9; 27:21; 2Nya 15:2; 36:15; Mwa 26:3; Rum 8:31; Isa 41:10; Mt 28:20Kisha Hagai, mjumbe wa Bwana, akawapa watu ujumbe huu wa Bwana: “Mimi niko pamoja nanyi,” asema Bwana. 141:14 Ezr 5:2; Za 110:3; 2Nya 36:22; Hag 2:21; 1Nya 6:15; 1Kor 15:58Kwa hiyo Bwana akachochea roho ya Zerubabeli mwana wa Shealtieli, mtawala wa Yuda, na roho ya kuhani mkuu Yoshua mwana wa Yehosadaki, pamoja na roho za mabaki yote ya watu. Walikuja wakaanza kufanya kazi katika nyumba ya Bwana Mwenye Nguvu Zote, Mungu wao, 151:15 Hag 2:10, 20; Ezr 4:24katika siku ya ishirini na nne mwezi wa sita, katika mwaka wa pili wa utawala wa Mfalme Dario.