Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
You have sown much, and bring in little. You eat, but you don't have enough. You drink, but you aren't filled with drink. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm, and he who earns wages earns wages to put them into a bag with holes in it."
Through all that time, when one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty, there were only twenty.
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not remembered the rock of your strength. Therefore you plant pleasant plants, and set out foreign seedlings.
Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, 'How have we robbed you?' In tithes and offerings.
Blow upon it
2 Samuel 22:16
Then the channels of the sea appeared. The foundations of the world were laid bare by the rebuke of Yahweh, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
2 Kings 19:7
Behold, I will put a spirit in him, and he will hear news, and will return to his own land. I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."'"
The grass withers, the flower fades, because Yahweh's breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass.
If you will not listen, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name," says Yahweh of Armies, "then will I send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have cursed them already, because you do not lay it to heart.
I will tell God, 'Do not condemn me. Show me why you contend with me.
I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
In the fifth year you shall eat its fruit, that it may yield its increase to you. I am Yahweh your God.
Honor Yahweh with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase:
You are cursed with the curse; for you rob me, even this whole nation.