The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
E. C. Marsh
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1 In the second year of Who was the son of Histaspis and the third king of the Persians, as some think. Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Because the building of the temple began to cease, by reason that the people were discouraged by their enemies: and if these two notable men had need to be stirred up and admonished of their duties, what will we think of other governors, whose doings are either against God, or very cold in his cause? Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, The Argument - When the time of the seventy years captivity prophesied by Jeremiah was expired, God raised up Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, to comfort the Jews, and to exhort them to the building of the temple, which was a figure of the spiritual Temple and Church of God, whose perfection and excellency depended on Christ. And because all were given to their own pleasures and benefits, he declares that that plague of famine, which God then sent among them, was a just reward for their ingratitude, in that they condemned God's honour, who had delivered them. Yet he comforts them, if they will return to the Lord, with the promise of great felicity, since the Lord will finish the work that he has begun, and send Christ whom he had promised, and by whom they would attain to perfect joy and glory.
2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time Not that they condemned the building of it, but they preferred policy and personal profit to religion, being content with small beginnings. that the LORD'S house should be built.
3 Then came the worde of the Lorde by the ministerie of the Prophet Haggai, saying,
4 [Is it] time for you, O ye, to dwell in your Showing that they sought not only their necessities, but their very pleasures before God's honour. cieled houses, and this house [lie] waste?
5 Now therefore thus saith ye Lord of hostes, Consider your owne wayes in your hearts.
6 Consider the plagues of God upon you for preferring your policies to his religion, and because you do not seek him above all else. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages [to put it] into a bag with holes.
7 Thus sayth the Lorde of hostes, Consider your owne wayes in your hearts.
8 Go Meaning, that they should leave their own benefits, and go forward in the building of God's temple, and in the setting forth of his religion. up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and That is, I will hear your prayers according to my promise; (1Ki_8:22, 1Ki_8:29). I will take pleasure in it, and I will That is, my glory will be set forth by you. be glorified, saith the LORD.
9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, [it came] to little; and when ye brought [it] home, I did blow And so bring it to nothing. upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that [is] waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
10 Therefore the heauen ouer you stayed it selfe from dewe, and the earth stayed her fruite.
11 And I called for a drought vpon the land, and vpon the mountaines, & vpon the corne, and vpon the wine, and vpon the oyle, vpon all that the ground bringeth foorth: both vpon men and vpon cattell, and vpon all the labour of the hands.
12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the This declares that God was the author of the doctrine, and that Haggai was but the minister, as in (Exo_14:31), (Jdg_7:20; Act_15:28). voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.
13 Then spake Haggai the Lords messenger in the Lords message vnto the people, saying, I am with you, sayth the Lord.
14 And the LORD stirred up Which declares that men are unable and dull to serve the Lord, neither can they obey his word or his messengers, before God reforms their hearts, and gives them new spirits; (Joh_6:44). the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,
15 (2:1)} In the foure and twentieth day of the sixt moneth, in the second yeere of King Darius,Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh