Search the Bible
* powered by Bible Study Tools

Haggai 1:4

    Haggai 1:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Is it time for you, O you, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this house lie waste?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Is it a time for you to be living in roofed houses while this house is a waste?

    Webster's Revision

    Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste?

    World English Bible

    "Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies waste?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your cieled houses, while this house lieth waste?

    Clarke's Commentary on Haggai 1:4

    Is it time for you - If the time be not come to rebuild the temple, it cannot be come for you to build yourselves comfortable houses: but ye are rebuilding your houses; why then do ye not rebuild the house of the Lord? The foundation of the temple had been laid fourteen years before, and some considerable progress made in the building; and it had been lying waste in that unfinished state to the present time.

    Barnes' Notes on Haggai 1:4

    Is it time for you - You, being what you are, the creatures of God, "to dwell in your ceiled houses," more emphatically, in your houses, and those "ceiled," probably with costly woods, such as cedar . But where then was the excuse of want of means? They imitated, in their alleged poverty, what is spoken of as magnificent in their old kings, Solomon and Shallum, but not having, as Solomon first did (1 Kings 6:9, ויספן), "covered the house of God with beams and rows of cedar" . "Will ye dwell in houses artificially adorned, not so much for use as for delight, and shall My dwelling-place, wherein was the Holy of holies, and the cherubim, and the table of showbread, be bestreamed with rains, desolated in solitude, scorched by the sun?"

    "With these words carnal Christians are reproved, who have no glow of zeal for God, but are full of self-love, and so make no effort to repair, build, or strengthen the material temples of Christ, and houses assigned to His worship, when aged, ruinous, decaying or destroyed, but build for themselves curious, voluptuous, superfluous dwellings. In these the love of Christ gloweth not; these Isaiah threateneth, Isaiah 5:8, Isaiah 5:12. "Woe to you who join house to house and field to field, and regard not the work of the Lord!"

    To David and Solomon the building of God's temple was their heart's desire; to early Christian Emperors, to the ages of faith, the building of Churches; now mostly, owners of lands build houses for this world's profit, and leave it to the few to build in view of eternity, and for the glory of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Haggai 1:4

    1:4 Ceiled - Arched and richly adorned.