Psalm 149:1-9 and Haggai 1:1-8
1 Alleluia. Praise the Lord from the heavens. Praise him on the heights.
2 Praise him, all his Angels. Praise him, all his hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon. Praise him, all stars and light.
4 Praise him, heavens of the heavens. And let all the waters that are above the heavens
5 praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke, and they became. He commanded, and they were created.
6 He has stationed them in eternity, and for age after age. He has established a precept, and it will not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth: you dragons and all deep places,
8 fire, hail, snow, ice, windstorms, which do his word,
9 mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars,
1 In the second year of king Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came, by the hand of Haggai the prophet, to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jesus the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying:
2 Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying: This people claims that the time has not yet arrived for building the house of the Lord.
3 But the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, saying:
4 Is it time for you to dwell in paneled houses, while this house is deserted?
5 And now, thus says the Lord of hosts: Set your hearts upon your ways.
6 You sowed much and have brought in little. You consumed and have not been satisfied. You drank and have not been inebriated. You covered yourselves and have not been warmed. And whoever gathered wages, has put them in a bag with holes.
7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Set your hearts upon your ways.
8 Ascend to the mountain, bring wood and build the house, and it shall be acceptable to me, and I shall be glorified, says the Lord.
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