Haggai reproveth the people for neglecting the building of the house.
Haggai 1:1 In the seconde yeare of kyng Darius, in the .vi. moneth the fyrst daye of þe moneth, came the worde of the Lord (by the Prophete Aggeus) vnto Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiel þe prynce of Iuda, & to Iosua the sonne of Iosedech the hye prest, sayinge. Haggai 1:2 Thus speaketh the Lorde of hostes, and sayeth. This people doth saye. The tyme is not yet come to buylde vp the Lordes house. Haggai 1:3 Then spake þe Lord by þe prophete Aggeus, and sayde. Haggai 1:4 Ye your selues can finde tyme to dwell in siled houses, and shall thys house lye wast? Haggai 1:5 Consyder nowe youre awne wayes in youre hertes (sayeth the Lorde of hostes) Haggai 1:6 ye sowe moch, but ye bryng lytle in: ye eate, but ye haue not ynough, ye drynck, but ye are not fylled: ye decke youre selues, but ye are not warme: and he that earneth eny wages, putteth it in a broken purse.
He inciteth them to the building.
Haggai 1:7 Thus sayeth the Lorde of hoostes. Consydre youre awne wayes in youre hertes, Haggai 1:8 get you vp to þe mountayne, fetch wood, and buylde vp the house that it maye be acceptable vnto me, & that I may shewe myne honours, sayeth þe Lorde. Haggai 1:9 Ye loked for moch and lo it is come to lytle, & though ye bringe it home, yet do I blowe it awaye. And why so sayeth the Lorde of hostes? Euen because that my house lyeth so waste, and ye ronne euery man vnto hys awne house. Haggai 1:10 Wherfore, the heauen is forbydden to geue you eny dew, and the earth is forbydden to geue you encrease. Haggai 1:11 I haue called for a drouth, both vpon the lande and vpon the mountaynes, vpon corne, vpon wyne, and vpon oyle, vpon euery thynge that þe grounde bryngeth forth, vpon men & vpon catell, yee, and vpon all handy laboure.
He promiseth God's assistance to them being forward.
Haggai 1:12 Now when Zorobabel þe sonne of Salathiel, & Iesua the sonne of Iosedech the hye preste wt the remnaunt of the people, herde the voyce of the Lorde theyr God, and the wordes of þe Prophete Aggeus (lyke as the Lorde theyr God had sent him) the people dyd feare the Lorde. Haggai 1:13 Then Aggeus the Lordes angell sayde in þe Lordes message vnto the people, I am with you, sayeth þe Lorde. Haggai 1:14 So the Lorde waked vp the sprete of Zorobabel the Prynce of Iuda, and the sprete of Iesua þe sonne of Iosedech þe hye prest, and the sprete of the remnaunt of all the people: that they came and laboured, in the house of the Lorde of hoostes theyr God. Haggai 1:15 Upon the .xxiiii. daye of the .vi. moneth, in the seconde yeare of kynge Darius,