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[hag-ee-ahy, hag-ahy] /ˈhæg iˌaɪ, ˈhæg aɪ/
a Minor Prophet of the 6th century b.c.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Hag. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Haggai
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  • The book of Haggai is ascribed to Haggai, the last person in the world to whom it can reasonably be ascribed.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • Mr. Bayard will look after her, Haggai, replied Mrs. Carruth wearily.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • The conditions of the times were the same as those described in Haggai.

    The Bible Book by Book Josiah Blake Tidwell
  • He seems to think that Haggai had the scenes that occurred on Sinai in his mind.

  • These words of Haggai about the man who lost his earnings through a faulty bag will serve me as a text, and are very significant.

  • The temple, whose building Haggai had urged, was erected; but the people were already tired of its service.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • I feel under far greater obligation to Humboldt than to Haggai.

  • It might well appear to Haggai that the armies of the nations were falling every one by the sword of his fellow.

  • Haggai is the first of the three prophets after the captivity, who are commonly called Prophets of the Restoration.

    Companion to the Bible E. P. Barrows
  • But Haggai may have possessed none of these qualities, and yet his words may have had a peculiar force of their own.

British Dictionary definitions for Haggai


noun (Old Testament)
a Hebrew prophet, whose oracles are usually dated between August and December of 520 bc
the book in which these oracles are contained, chiefly concerned with the rebuilding of the Temple after the Exile
Douay spelling Aggeus (əˈdʒiːəs)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Haggai in the Bible

festive, one of the twelve so-called minor prophets. He was the first of the three (Zechariah, his contemporary, and Malachi, who was about one hundred years later, being the other two) whose ministry belonged to the period of Jewish history which began after the return from captivity in Babylon. Scarcely anything is known of his personal history. He may have been one of the captives taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. He began his ministry about sixteen years after the Return. The work of rebuilding the temple had been put a stop to through the intrigues of the Samaritans. After having been suspended for fifteen years, the work was resumed through the efforts of Haggai and Zechariah (Ezra 6:14), who by their exhortations roused the people from their lethargy, and induced them to take advantage of the favourable opportunity that had arisen in a change in the policy of the Persian government. (See DARIUS ØT0000975 [2].) Haggai's prophecies have thus been characterized:, "There is a ponderous and simple dignity in the emphatic reiteration addressed alike to every class of the community, prince, priest, and people, 'Be strong, be strong, be strong' (2:4). 'Cleave, stick fast, to the work you have to do;' or again, 'Consider your ways, consider, consider, consider' (1:5, 7;2:15, 18). It is the Hebrew phrase for the endeavour, characteristic of the gifted seers of all times, to compel their hearers to turn the inside of their hearts outwards to their own view, to take the mask from off their consciences, to 'see life steadily, and to see it wholly.'", Stanley's Jewish Church. (See SIGNET.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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