Haggai 2

The Coming Glory of the Temple

a In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the  Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, Speak now to b Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to c Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say, d Who is left among you who saw this house e in its former glory? How do you see it now? f Is it not as nothing in your eyes? Yet now g be strong, O h Zerubbabel, declares the  Lord. i Be strong, O j Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. k Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the  Lord. l Work, for m I am with you, declares the  Lord of hosts, n according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. o My Spirit remains in your midst. p Fear not. For thus says the  Lord of hosts: q Yet once more, in a little while r I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and s I will fill this house with glory, says the  Lord of hosts. t The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the  Lord of hosts. u The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the  Lord of hosts. And v in this place I will give peace, declares the  Lord of hosts.’”

Blessings for a Defiled People

10  w On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, x in the second year of Darius, the word of the  Lord came by Haggai the prophet, 11 Thus says the  Lord of hosts: y Ask the priests about the law: 12 If someone carries z holy 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 aa No.” 13 Then Haggai said, ab If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body ac touches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered and said, “It does become unclean.” 14 Then Haggai answered and said, ad So 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. 15 Now then, ae consider from this day onward.
Or backward; also verse 18
Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the  Lord,
16 how did you fare? ag When
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  ai I struck you and all the products of your toil with blight and with mildew and with hail aj yet you did not turn to me, declares the  Lord. 18  ak Consider from this day onward al from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since am the day that the foundation of the  Lord’s temple was laid, an consider: 19  ao Is 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 ap I will bless you.”

Zerubbabel Chosen as a Signet

20 The word of the  Lord came a second time to Haggai aq on the twenty-fourth day of the month, 21 Speak to ar Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying as I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, 22 and at to overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and au overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, av every one by the sword of his brother. 23 On that day, declares the  Lord of hosts, I will take you, O aw Zerubbabel ax my servant, the son of ay Shealtiel, declares the  Lord, and make you az like a
Hebrew the
signet ring, bb for I have chosen you, declares the  Lord of hosts.”

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