‘You expected a large harvest, but instead 1 there was little, and when you brought it home it disappeared right away. 2 Why?’ asks the Lord who rules over all. ‘Because my temple remains in ruins, thanks to each of you favoring his own house! 3
|NET © Notes||
1 tn Heb “look!” (הִנֵּה, hinneh). The term, an interjection, draws attention to the point being made.
2 tn Heb “I blew it away” (so NRSV, TEV, NLT). The imagery here suggests that human achievements are so fragile and temporal that a mere breath from God can destroy them (see Ezek 22:20, 21; and Isa 40:7 with נָשַׁב, nashav).
3 tn Heb “and each of you runs to his own house”; NIV “is busy with”; TEV “is busy working on”; NCV “work hard for.”