7 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Give careful thought to your ways.
8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build
the house, so that I may take pleasure in it
and be honored,” says the Lord.
9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little.
What you brought home, I blew away.
Why?” declares the Lord Almighty.
“Because of my house, which remains a ruin,
while each of you is busy with his own house.
10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld
their dew and the earth its crops.
11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains,
on the grain, the new wine, the oil and
whatever the ground produces, on men
and cattle, and on the labor
of your hands.”