2 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month,o the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people: 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem to you like nothing by comparison?p 4 Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel—this is the Lord’s declaration.q Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land—this is the Lord’s declaration. Work! For I am with your—the declaration of the Lord of Armies. 5 This is the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt,s and my Spirit is present among you; don’t be afraid.’ ”
6 For the Lord of Armies says this: “Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth,t the sea and the dry land.u 7 I will shake all the nations so that the treasures of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,”v says the Lord of Armies. 8 “The silver and gold belong to me”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies. 9 “The final glory of this houseA will be greater than the first,”a says the Lord of Armies. “I will provide peace in this place”b—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai: 11 “This is what the Lord of Armies says: Ask the priests for a ruling.c 12 If a man is carrying consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and it touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any other food, does it become holy?”d
The priests answered, “No.”
13 Then Haggai asked, “If someone defiled by contact with a corpse touches any of these, does it become defiled?”e
The priests answered, “It becomes defiled.”
15 “Now from this day on, think carefully: Before one stone was placed on another in the Lord’s temple, 16 what state were you in?B When someone came to a grain heap of twenty measures, it only amounted to ten; when one came to the winepress to dip fifty measures from the vat, it only amounted to twenty. 17 I struck you—all the work of your hands—with blight, mildew,f and hail,g but you didn’t turn to me—this is the Lord’s declaration. 18 “From this day on, think carefully;h from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid; think carefully. 19 Is there still seed left in the granary? The vine, the fig, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yet produced. But from this day on I will bless you.”i
20 The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 21 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth.j 22 I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms.k I will overturn chariots and their riders. Horses and their riders will fall, each by his brother’s sword. 23 On that day”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies—“I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and make you like my signet ring,l for I have chosen you.”m This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
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