Haggai 2

The Coming Glory of the Temple

1 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, 2Speak 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, 3 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? 4Yet 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, 5 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. 6For 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. 7And 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. 8 t  The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the  Lord of hosts. 9 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, 11Thus says the  Lord of hosts: y  Ask the priests about the law: 12If 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.” 13Then 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.” 14Then 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. 15Now then, ae  consider 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? 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

20The word of the  Lord came a second time to Haggai aq  on the twenty-fourth day of the month, 21Speak to ar  Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying as  I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, 22and 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. 23On 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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