Haggai reproveth the people for neglecting the building of the house.
Haggai 1:1 In the seconde yeare of Kynge Darius, in the .vi. moneth, the first day of the moneth, came the worde of the Lorde (by the Prophete Aggeus) vnto Zorobabel þe sonne of Salathiel the prynce of Iuda, and to Iesua the sonne of Iosedech the hye prieste, sayinge: Haggai 1:2 Thus speaketh the Lord 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 the Lord by the Prophete Aggeus, and sayde: Haggai 1:4 Ye your selues can fynde tyme to dwell in syled houses, and shall thys house lye waste? Haggai 1:5 Consydre nowe youre owne wayes in youre hertes (sayth the Lorde of hostes) Haggai 1:6 ye sowe muche, but ye bryng lytle in: ye eate, but ye haue not ynoughe: ye drincke, but ye are not fylled, ye decke youre selues, but ye are not warme: and he that earneth any wage, putteth it in a broken purse.
He inciteth them to the building.
Haggai 1:7 Thus sayeth the Lorde of hostes: Consydre your owne wayes in your hertes, Haggai 1:8 get you vp to the mountayne, fetche wood, and buyld vp the house, that it maye be acceptable vnto me, and that I maye shewe myne honoure, sayeth the Lorde. Haggai 1:9 Ye loked for much, and lo, it is come to lytle: & thoughe ye bryng 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 runne euery man vnto hys owne house. Haggai 1:10 Wherfore the heauen is forbidden to geue you anye dewe, and the earthe is forbidden to geue you encrease. Haggai 1:11 I haue called for a drouthe, both vpon the lande & vpon the mountaynes, vpon corne, vpon wyne, & vpon oyle, vpon euery thynge that the grounde bryngeth forth, vpon men and vpon catell, yea and vpon all handy laboure.
He promiseth God's assistance to them being forward.
Haggai 1:12 Now when Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiel, and Iesua the sonne of Iosedech the hye priest with the remnaunte of the people, heard the voyce of the Lorde theyr God, and þe wordes of the Prophete Aggeus (lyke as þe lorde theyr God hath sent him) the people dyd fear the Lorde. Haggai 1:13 Then Aggeus the Lordes angell sayde in the Lordes message vnto the people: I am wyth you, sayeth the Lorde. Haggai 1:14 So þe Lorde waked vp the spryte of Zorobabel the prince of Iuda, and the sprete of Iesua the sonne of Iosedech the hye priest, and the sprete of the remnaunte of all the people: that they came, and laboured, in the house of the Lorde of Hostes theyr God. Haggai 1:15 Vpon the .xxiiij. daye of the sixte moneth, in the seconde yeare of Kyng Darius,