Haggai 2

The Coming Glory of the Temple

1 aIn the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the  Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, 2Speak now to bZerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to cJoshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say, 3 dWho is left among you who saw this house ein its former glory? How do you see it now? fIs it not as nothing in your eyes? 4Yet now gbe strong, O hZerubbabel, declares the  Lord. iBe strong, O jJoshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. kBe strong, all you people of the land, declares the  Lord. lWork, for mI am with you, declares the  Lord of hosts, 5 naccording to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. oMy Spirit remains in your midst. pFear not. 6For thus says the  Lord of hosts: qYet once more, in a little while rI will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. 7And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and sI will fill this house with glory, says the  Lord of hosts. 8 tThe silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the  Lord of hosts. 9 uThe latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the  Lord of hosts. And vin this place I will give peace, declares the  Lord of hosts.’”

Blessings for a Defiled People

10 wOn the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, xin the second year of Darius, the word of the  Lord came by Haggai the prophet, 11Thus says the  Lord of hosts: yAsk the priests about the law: 12If someone carries zholy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?’” The priests answered and said aaNo.” 13Then Haggai said, abIf someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body actouches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered and said, “It does become unclean.” 14Then Haggai answered and said, adSo is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the  Lord, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean. 15Now then, aeconsider from this day onward.
Or backward; also verse 18
Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the  Lord,
16how did you fare? agWhen
Probable reading (compare Septuagint); Hebrew   Lord, since they were. When
one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were but twenty.
17 aiI struck you and all the products of your toil with blight and with mildew and with hail ajyet you did not turn to me, declares the  Lord. 18 akConsider from this day onward alfrom the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since amthe day that the foundation of the  Lord’s temple was laid, anconsider: 19 aoIs the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on apI will bless you.”

Zerubbabel Chosen as a Signet

20The word of the  Lord came a second time to Haggai aqon the twenty-fourth day of the month, 21Speak to arZerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying asI am about to shake the heavens and the earth, 22and atto overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and auoverthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, avevery one by the sword of his brother. 23On that day, declares the  Lord of hosts, I will take you, O awZerubbabel axmy servant, the son of ayShealtiel, declares the  Lord, and make you azlike a
Hebrew the
signet ring, bbfor I have chosen you, declares the  Lord of hosts.”

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