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A Call to Build the House of the LORD YHWH...
In the second year of Dareyawesh the sovereign, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of YHWH came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel son of She`alti`el, governor of Yehudah, and to Yehoshua son of Yehotsadaq, the high priest, saying,
'Thus spoke YHWH of hosts, saying, 'This people have said, 'The time has not come, the time the House of YHWH is to be built.'''
Then the word of YHWH came by Haggai the prophet, saying,
'Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your panelled houses, and this House be in ruins?'
And now, thus said YHWH of hosts, 'Consider your ways!
'You have sown much, but brought in little; eat, but do not have enough; drink, but you are not filled with drink; clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.'
Thus said YHWH of hosts, 'Consider your ways!
Go up to the mountain, and you shall bring wood and build the House. And I will be pleased with it, and let Me be esteemed,' said YHWH.
'When you looked for much, then see, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I would blow on it. Why?' declares YHWH of hosts. 'Because of My House which lies in ruins, while each of you runs to his own house.
'Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its fruit.
'And I called for a drought on the land, and on the mountains, and on the grain, and on the new wine, and on the oil, and on whatever the ground brings forth, and on man, and on livestock, and on all the labour of the hands.'
Then Zerubbabel son of She'alti'el, and Yehoshua son of Yehotsadaq, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of YHWH their Elohim, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as YHWH their Elohim had sent him. And the people feared the presence of YHWH.
And Haggai, the messenger of YHWH, spoke the message of YHWH to the people, saying, 'I am with you, declares YHWH.'
And YHWH stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of She'alti'el, governor of Yehudah, and the spirit of Yehoshua son of Yehotsadaq, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the House of YHWH of hosts, their Elohim,
on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Dareyawesh the sovereign.