The Word of the Lord
Thus says יְהוָ֥ה of hosts:
These people say the time has not come, even the time for the house of יְהוָ֥ה to be rebuilt. Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while My House lies desolate?
Focus wholly upon your way!
`You have planted much, but harvest little.
You eat, but are not satisfied.
You drink, but not to your fill..
You put on clothes, but no one is warm.
And the one who earns wages, earns wages toward a bag with holes.
Set your heart upon your way!
Ascend to the heights of the land.
Bring in the timber.
Build My House.
Then I am pleased and honored.
You looked for much, but see, it amounted to little,
And when you brought that home, I blew it away.
Because of My House that remains desolate
While you run each after your own house.
Therefore, because of you, withheld is the dew of the heavens
And withheld is the fruit of the earth.
I called for a drought upon the land, on the mountains, on the grain,
On the new wine, on the olive oil, and upon that which the ground brings forth:
On men, on animals, and upon all labor, whether by hand, paw, or hoof.
But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the whole remnant of God's people will obey.
Thus says יְהוָ֣ה of hosts.
Consider your ways!