Haggai 1:5
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New International Version
Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: Look at what's happening to you!

English Standard Version
Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.

New American Standard Bible
Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, "Consider your ways!

King James Bible
Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now, the LORD of Hosts says this: "Think carefully about your ways:

International Standard Version
"Now this is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, says: 'Carefully consider your ways:

NET Bible
Here then is what the LORD who rules over all says: 'Think carefully about what you are doing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, this is what the LORD of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.

New American Standard 1977
Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now therefore thus hath the LORD of the hosts said; Consider your ways.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore thus says the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

American King James Version
Now therefore thus said the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

American Standard Version
Now therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now thus saith the Lord of hosts: Set your hearts to consider your ways.

Darby Bible Translation
And now thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Consider your ways.

English Revised Version
Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

World English Bible
Now therefore this is what Yahweh of Armies says: Consider your ways.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, thus said Jehovah of Hosts, Set your heart to your ways.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-11 Observe the sin of the Jews, after their return from captivity in Babylon. Those employed for God may be driven from their work by a storm, yet they must go back to it. They did not say that they would not build a temple, but, Not yet. Thus men do not say they will never repent and reform, and be religious, but, Not yet. And so the great business we were sent into the world to do, is not done. There is a proneness in us to think wrongly of discouragements in our duty, as if they were a discharge from our duty, when they are only for the trial of our courage and faith. They neglected the building of God's house, that they might have more time and money for worldly affairs. That the punishment might answer to the sin, the poverty they thought to prevent by not building the temple, God brought upon them for not building it. Many good works have been intended, but not done, because men supposed the proper time was not come. Thus believers let slip opportunities of usefulness, and sinners delay the concerns of their souls, till too late. If we labour only for the meat that perishes, as the Jews here, we are in danger of losing our labour; but we are sure it shall not be in vain in the Lord, if we labour for the meat which lasts to eternal life. If we would have the comfort and continuance of temporal enjoyments, we must have God as our Friend. See also Lu 12:33. When God crosses our temporal affairs, and we meet with trouble and disappointment, we shall find the cause is, that the work we have to do for God and our own souls is left undone, and we seek our own things more than the things of Christ. How many, who plead that they cannot afford to give to pious or charitable designs, often lavish ten times as much in needless expenses on their houses and themselves! But those are strangers to their own interests, who are full of care to adorn and enrich their own houses, while God's temple in their hearts lies waste. It is the great concern of every one, to apply to the necessary duty of self-examination and communion with our own hearts concerning our spiritual state. Sin is what we must answer for; duty is what we must do. But many are quick-sighted to pry into other people's ways, who are careless of their own. If any duty has been neglected, that is no reason why it should still be so. Whatever God will take pleasure in when done, we ought to take pleasure in doing. Let those who have put off their return to God, return with all their heart, while there is time.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Consider; literally, set your heart upon (so ver. 7; Haggai 2:15, 18). Your ways. What ye have done, what ye have suffered, your present projects, and the consequences thereof.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts,.... The Lord God omniscient and omnipotent, that saw all their actions, and could punish for them; since they were so careful of their own houses, and adorning them, and so careless of his house; he would have them now sit down, and seriously think of these things, and of what he should further observe unto them:

Consider your ways; their sinful ways, and repent of them, and forsake them, particularly their ingratitude before observed; and their civil ways, their common ways of life; their labour, work, and business, they were continually employed in; and observe the event of them; what success they had, what these issued in; whether there were not some visible tokens of the divine displeasure on them, which rendered all their attempts to support and enrich themselves and families vain, and of no effect: and they would do well to consider to what all this was to be imputed; whether it was not chiefly owing to this, their neglect of the house of God; and this he would have considered, not in a slight cursory way; but with great earnestness, diligence, and application of mind: "put", or "set your hearts upon your ways" (p); so it may be literally rendered.

(p) "ponite corda vestra", V. L.; "ponite cor vestrum", Burkius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Consider your ways—literally, "Set your heart" on your ways. The plural implies, Consider both what ye have done (actively, La 3:40) and what ye have suffered (passively) [Jerome]. Ponder earnestly whether ye have gained by seeking self at the sacrifice of God.

Haggai 1:5 Additional Commentaries
A Call to Rebuild the Temple
4"Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?" 5Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, "Consider your ways! 6"You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes."…
Cross References
Haggai 1:4
"Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?"

Haggai 1:6
You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."

Haggai 2:15
"'Now give careful thought to this from this day on --consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the LORD's temple.
Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore thus said the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.


Haggai 1:7 Thus said the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

Haggai 2:15-18 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before …

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

Ezekiel 18:28 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions …

Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of …

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. …

Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing …

Consider your ways. Heb. Set your heart on your ways.

Exodus 7:23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his …

Exodus 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and …

Psalm 48:13 Mark you well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that you may tell …

Ezekiel 40:4 And the man said to me, Son of man, behold with your eyes, and hear …

Daniel 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with …

Daniel 10:12 Then said he to me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that …

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