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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Haggai 1:12-15

As an ear-ring of gold (says Solomon), and an ornament of fine gold, so amiable, so acceptable, in the sight of God and man, is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear, Prov. 25:12. The prophet here was a wise but faithful reprover, in God's name, and he met with an obedient ear. The foregoing sermon met with the desired success among the people, and their obedience met with due encouragement from God. Observe, I. How the people returned to God in a way of duty. All those to whom that sermon was... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Haggai 1:12

Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech the high priest ,.... Here follows an account of the success of Haggai's prophecy; with what power and efficacy the word of the Lord by him was attended; how it at once reached and affected the hearts of princes and people, and brought them to obedience to the will of God. The governor and high priest are mentioned first, as being the principal persons, and who very probably first declared their sense of their former... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Haggai 1:12

Then Zerubbabel - The threatening of Haggai had its proper effect. - The civil governor, the high priest, and the whole of the people, united together to do the work. When the authority of God is acknowledged, his words will be carefully obeyed. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Haggai 1:12

Verse 12 The Prophet here declares that his message had not been without fruit, for shortly after the whole people prepared themselves for the work. And he names both Zerubbabel and Joshua; for it behaved them to lead the way, and, as it were, to extend a hand to others. For, had there been no leaders, no one of the common people would have pointed out the way to the rest. We know what usually happens when a word is addressed indiscriminately to all the people: they wait for one another. But... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Haggai 1:1-15


Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Haggai 1:12

All the remnant of the people ( Haggai 2:2 ); i.e. the people who had returned from the Captivity, who are technically named "the remnant" is being only a small portion of all Israel ( Isaiah 10:21 , Isaiah 10:22 ; Zechariah 8:6 ; Micah 2:12 ). Others, not so suitably, understand by the expression, all the people beside the chiefs ( Haggai 1:14 ). Obeyed ; rather, listened unto. The active obedience is narrated in Haggai 1:14 . And the words. The prophet's words are ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Haggai 1:12-15

§ 3 . The appeal meets with respect and attention, and for a time the people apply themselves diligently to the work. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Haggai 1:12-15

Ancient temple builders. I. UNIVERSAL ACTIVITY . "They came and did work"—all of them: "Zerubbabel the governor, Joshua the high priest, and all the remnant of the people." There was not an idler amongst them. Every person was engaged at something in connection with the building, The spectacle was: 1 . The reproduction of an old scene, when in the wilderness of Sinai, orders having been issued for the construction of a tabernacle, "as many as were willing hearted came, both men... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Haggai 1:12-15

The hearty response. The human spirit is so backward in respect to the performance of the duties and the fulfilment of the obligations it is under in relation to the higher life, that it requires stimulus, and acts of renewed dedication to the service of God cannot fail to be spiritually helpful. There are moments in life when we become specially impressed as God's servants with a sense of his claims to our most devoted service, and when holy emotions rise within us, moving us to a more... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Haggai 1:12

Then Zerubbabel, and all the remnant of the people - , not, “the rest of people” but “the remnant,” those who remained over from the captivity, the fragment of the two tribes, which returned to their own land, “hearkened unto the voice of the Lord.” This was the beginning of a conversion. In this one thing they began to do, what, all along, in their history, and most in their decay before the captivity they refused to do - obey God’s word. So God sums up their history, by Jeremiah, Jeremiah... read more

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