The Builders Encouraged1 On the twenty-first of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came by a Haggai the prophet saying, 2 “Speak now to b Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, c governor of Judah, and to d Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the e remnant of the people saying, 3 ‘Who is f left among you who saw this ▼
▼ Lit housetemple in its h former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not ▼
▼ Lit in your eyesseem to you like nothing ▼
▼ Lit like itin comparison? 4 ‘But now ▼
▼ Lit be strong, l take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work; for m I am with you,’ declares the Lord of hosts. 5 ‘As for the ▼
▼ Lit word, o promise which I ▼
▼ Lit cut withmade you when you came out of Egypt, ▼
▼ Or while...was standingMy r Spirit is abiding in your midst; s do not fear!’ 6 “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘ t Once more ▼
▼ Lit it is a littlein a v little while, I am going to w shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. 7 ‘I will shake x all the nations; and ▼
▼ Or the desire of all nations will comethey will come with the z wealth of all nations, and I will aa fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. 8 ‘The ab silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts. 9 ‘The latter ac glory of this house will be greater than the ad former,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give ae peace,’ declares the Lord of hosts.” 10 On the af twenty-fourth of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘ ag Ask now the priests for a ▼
▼ Lit lawruling: 12 ‘If a man carries ai holy meat in the ▼
▼ Lit wingfold of his garment, and touches bread with ▼
▼ Lit his wingthis fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?’” And the priests answered, “No.” 13 Then Haggai said al “If one who is unclean from a ▼
▼ Lit soulcorpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?” And the priests answered, “It will become unclean.” 14 Then Haggai said, “‘ an So is this people. And so is this nation before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean. 15 ‘But now, do ▼ , ap consider from this day ▼
▼ Or backwardonward: before one ar stone was placed on another in the temple of the Lord, 16 ▼
▼ Lit since they werefrom that time when one came to a grain heap of twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the wine vat to draw fifty ▼
▼ Or troughs fullmeasures, there would be only twenty. 17 ‘I smote you and every work of your hands with au blasting wind, mildew and hail; ▼
▼ Or but what did we have in common?yet you did not come back to Me,’ declares the Lord. 18 ‘Do ▼ , ax consider from this day ▼
▼ Or backwardonward, from the az twenty-fourth day of the ninth month; from the day when the temple of the Lord was ba founded, ▼ consider: 19 ‘Is the seed still in the barn? Even including the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree, it has not borne fruit. Yet from this day on I will bc bless you.’” 20 Then the word of the Lord came a second time to Haggai on the bd twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, 21 “Speak to be Zerubbabel governor of Judah, saying, ‘I am going to bf shake the heavens and the earth. 22 ‘I will bg overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the bh power of the kingdoms of the ▼
▼ Or Gentilesnations; and I will bj overthrow the chariots and their riders, and the bk horses and their riders will go down, bl everyone by the sword of another.’ 23 ‘On that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a ▼
▼ Or seal, bn signet ring, for bo I have chosen you,’” declares the Lord of hosts.
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