Japanese Contemporary Bible

ハガイ書 1:1-15




2「なぜ、今はわたしの神殿を再建するのにふさわしい時ではないと、だれもが言うのか」と主は尋ねます。 3-4彼らに対する主の答えはこうです。「では、神殿が荒れはてたままなのに、あなたがたはぜいたくな家に住むのにふさわしい時なのだろうか。 5その結果を見よ。 6たくさん種をまいても、ほとんど収穫がない。飲み食いにも事欠き、寒さを防ぐ衣服も十分にない。収入は、穴の開いた財布に入れるようにすぐなくなる。」

7全能の主はこう言います。「自分たちがどのようなことをしてきたか、その結果どうなったかをよく考えなさい。 8そして、山に登り、材木を切り出して、わたしの神殿を再建するのだ。わたしは喜んで受け入れ、わたしの栄光をそこに現そう。 9あなたがたは多くを望んでも、少ししか得られない。それを家に持ち帰っても、わたしが吹き飛ばす。結局続かないのだ。なぜか。わたしの神殿が廃墟のままなのに、気にかけないからだ。自分たちのりっぱな家にばかり気を配っている。 10それゆえ、わたしは天から雨を降らせず、わずかな収穫しか与えない。 11事実、平地にも高地にも、日照りを呼び寄せた。麦もぶどうもオリーブも他の穀物も、みな干からび、人も家畜も飢えに苦しむ。いくら仕事に精を出しても、すべては水の泡だ。」

12そこで、シェアルティエルの子でユダの総督ゼルバベルと、エホツァダクの子で大祭司ヨシュアと、その地に残ったわずかな民は、ハガイが語った、彼らの神、主からのことばに従いました。真剣に主を礼拝するようになったのです。 13その時主は、主の使者であるハガイを通して再びメッセージを送り、彼らに語りました。「あなたがたと共にいて祝福する」と。 14-15そして、主は神殿再建の願いを彼らに起こさせたので、彼らはダリヨス王の治世第二年の第六の月の二十四日にみな集まり、進んで仕事に取りかかりました。

New International Reader’s Version

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,