1In the seventh month, in the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of the prophet Haggai, saying,2Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying,3Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see her now? Is she not as nothing before your eyes?4Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, said the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of this land, said the Lord, and work; for I am with you, said the Lord of the hosts:5The word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt and my Spirit is in the midst of you: do not fear.6For thus hath the Lord of the hosts said: Yet even once, and I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land;7and I will shake all the Gentiles; and the desire of all the Gentiles shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, said the Lord of the hosts.8The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, said the Lord of the hosts.9The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, said the Lord of the hosts, and in this place I will give peace, said the Lord of the hosts.
10In the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, saying,11Thus hath the Lord of the hosts said; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,12If one bears holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt touches bread or pottage or wine, or oil or any food, shall it be made holy? And the priests answered and said, No.13Then Haggai said, If one that is unclean by a dead body touches any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.14Then Haggai answered, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, said the Lord; and so is every work of their hands, and all that they offer here is unclean.15And now, I pray you, consider in your heart from this day forth, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the Lord:16since these things were: when one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten; when one came to the pressfat to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.17I smote you with the east wind and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands, yet ye did not turn to me, said the Lord.18Consider now in your heart from this day forth, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, put your heart into it.19Is not the seed yet in the barn? Not even the vine, nor the fig tree, nor the pomegranate, nor the olive tree, has blossomed yet, but from this day will I bless you.
20And the word of the Lord came the second time unto Haggai in the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying,21Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I cause the heavens and the earth to shake,22and I will overthrow the throne of the kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdom of the Gentiles, and I will overthrow the chariot and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, each one by the sword of his brother.23In that day, said the Lord of the hosts, I will take thee, O Zerubbabel, my slave, the son of Shealtiel, said the Lord, and will make thee as a signet ring; for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of the hosts.