A call to build the house of the Lord
1In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak,1:1 Hebrew Jehozadak, a variant of Jozadak; also in verses 12 and 14 the high priest:
2This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘These people say, “The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.” ’
3Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 4‘Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your panelled houses, while this house remains a ruin?’
5Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. 6You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.’
7This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. 8Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honoured,’ says the Lord. 9‘You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. 10Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labour of your hands.’
12Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.
13Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord. 14So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, 15on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.
The promised glory of the new house
In the second year of King Darius,
Asɔredan Sie Ho Nkaebɔ
1Ɔbosome a ɛtɔ so nsia no da a ɛdi ɛkan wɔ Ɔhene Dario adedie afe a ɛtɔ so mmienu so no, Awurade nam Odiyifoɔ Hagai so, de asɛm maa Sealtiel babarima ne Yuda amrado Serubabel ne Ɔsɔfopanin Yehosadak babarima Yosua. 2Asɛm a Asafo Awurade ka nie: “Nnipa no reka sɛ, ‘Ɛberɛ no nnya nnuruiɛ sɛ wɔsi Awurade fie no.’ ”
3Afei, Awurade de saa asɛm yi faa Odiyifoɔ Hagai so: 4“Saa ɛberɛ yi a me fie yi abubuo yi, ɛna mo deɛ motete mo afie a wɔaduradura mu yi anaa?”
5Asɛm a, Asafo Awurade ka nie: “Monnwene mo akwan ho yie. 6Moduaa bebree, nanso motwaa kakraa bi. Modidi, nanso mommee. Monom, nanso osukɔm de mo ara. Mohyɛ ntadeɛ, nanso ɛnka mo hye. Monya akatua, na mode gu sikabɔtɔ a wɔatuetue mu ntokuro mu.”
7Asɛm a Otumfoɔ Awurade ka nie: “Monnwene mo akwan ho yie. 8Afei, momforo nkɔ nkokoɔ no atifi, na momfa nnua mmra mmɛsi me fie no. Na mʼani bɛgye ho, na wɔahyɛ me animuonyam.” Saa na Awurade ka. 9“Mo ani daa bebree so, nanso ɛyɛɛ kakraa bi. Na mode baa fie no, mehu guiɛ. Ɛdeɛn ntira?” Ɛfiri sɛ, “me fie abubu.” Saa na Asafo Awurade ka, “ɛberɛ a mo ani abere resisi mo afie. 10Mo enti na ɔsoro akyere ɛbɔ agyina, na asase nso akyere mo mfudeɛ. 11Mahyɛ ɔpɛ sɛ ɛnsi mo mfuo ne nkokoɔ so; ɔpɛ a ɛbɛhye mo atokoɔ ne mo bobe ne mo ngo dua ne mo mfudeɛ, ɛbɛyɛ ɔpɛ a ɛbɛsi mo ne mo anantwie mu, na asɛe dwuma biara a mode mo nsa adi.”
Nkaebɔ No So Die
12Ɛnna Sealtiel babarima Serubabel, Ɔsɔfopanin Yehosadak babarima Yosua ne Onyankopɔn nkurɔfoɔ nkaeɛ no tiee asɛm a ɛfiri Awurade, wɔn Onyankopɔn, ne Odiyifoɔ Hagai a Awurade, wɔn Onyankopɔn, asoma no no. Na nnipa no de osuro maa Awurade. 13Na Hagai, Awurade somafoɔ no, de saa asɛm yi a ɛfiri Awurade nkyɛn maa nkurɔfoɔ no: “Meka mo ho.” Saa na Awurade seɛ. 14Ɛno enti, Awurade kanyanee Sealtiel babarima Serubabel a ɔyɛ Yuda amrado, Ɔsɔfopanin Yehosadak babarima Yosua ne Onyankopɔn nkurɔfoɔ nkaeɛ no nyinaa. Wɔbɛhyɛɛ wɔn adwuma a ɛwɔ Asafo Awurade, wɔn Onyankopɔn, fie no ase, 15wɔ Ɔhene Dario adedie afe a ɛtɔ so mmienu no, ɔbosome a ɛtɔ so nsia no da a ɛtɔ so aduonu ɛnan no.