Haggai 1:6. As the Bible Says:
The verse is presented to us this way
âYou have sown much and brought little; you eat, but you donât have enough; you drink, but you are not full of drink; you dress, but there is no heat; and the one who earns wages, earns wages to put in a bag with holes. â
You Have Sown Muchâ¦
The exposition is very abrupt and forced in Hebrew: âThey planted a lot, but to bring little! To eat, but not for satiety! To drink, but not to rejoice! Dressing (oneself), but not for heat, for him (the user)! The description does not refer to one year, but to many
It coincides with the entire period of his laziness and negligence in the Temple affair. It points to a double judgment, scarcity in the fruits of the soil, and (which often accompanies this, because of the same adverse influences that spoil the earth and are harmful to the human framework) lack of power in the body of man, to assimilate and benefit from food, drink and clothing.
The One Who Earns Salary
The judgment is not limited to the fruits of the earth, but extends to all branches of human industry. Disappointment and loss are alike. âThe workforce represented is not only fruitless, it is exhausting and annoying.
There is an apparent result of all the work, something to attract hope; but he immediately left. The pagans assigned a kind of bewilderment of hope as one of the punishments of hell. The prophet expresses the regularity of these visits through a vivid present. He does not mark time and so expresses it more vividly than at all times. It is a continuously present evil.
It is a continuous visit, coordinated with continuous negligence. As long as the sin lasted, so long would the punishment last. The visit itself was twofold; poor crops, to provide less livelihood; and various indispositions of the frame, so that what, by appointment of God in nature, would satisfy, cheer, warm, would not achieve its effect.
âAnd he who works for hire, hires himself in a bag full of holesâ (literally âperforatedâ). The workforce represented is not only fruitless, but tiresome.
There is an apparent result of all the work, something to attract hope; But immediately it is gone. The pagan assigned hope-like bewilderment as one of the punishments of hell: âBetter and wiser to seek to be blessed by God, who bestows all things on us.â
And this will come easily to those who choose to be of the same mind with Him and prefer what is for His glory to their own. For thus the Savior himself tells us Matthew 6:33: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
âHe loses good deeds for wicked deeds, which takes into account his good deeds, which strikes before his eyes, and forgets the faults that creep in between; or who, after what is good, returns to what is vain and evil â.
âThe money is seen in the perforated bag, when it is thrown, but when it is lost, it is not seen. Then those who look at how much they give, but do not weigh how much they are wrongly earning, throw their rewards into a perforated bag. Looking at the Hope of their trust, they unite them; without looking, they lose them. â
âThey lose the fruit of their work, by not persevering to the end, by seeking human praise, or by inner pride, by not keeping spiritual riches under the tutelage of humility. Such are vain and unprofitable men, of whom the Savior says, Matthew 6: 2. âTruly, I say to you, they have their reward.â
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Haggai 1:6. âYou have sown much and brought little; you eat, but you don't have enough; you drink, but you are not full of drink; you dress, but there is no heat; and the one who earns wages, earns wages to put in a bag with holes. "
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