Encouragement and Promise
1On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, # Lv 23:33-43; 2Ch 7:8-10 the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet: 2“Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people: 3Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you? # Lit Is it not in your eyes? # 1Kg 5:13-16; 6:38; 1Ch 29:1-8; Ezr 3:10-13; Zch 4:10 4Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel” — this is the Lord’s declaration. # Jos 1:6-9; 1Ch 28:10,20 “Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land” — this is the Lord’s declaration. “Work! For I am with you” # Hg 1:13; Zch 8:9 — the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. 5“This is the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt, # Ex 33:14-17 and My Spirit is present among you; don’t be afraid.”
6For the Lord of Hosts says this: “Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, # Hg 2:21 the sea and the dry land. # Is 64:2; Ezk 38:19-20; Heb 12:26-28 7I will shake all the nations so that the treasures of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,” # Ex 40:34-35; 1Kg 8:10-11; Is 60:1-13 says the Lord of Hosts. 8“The silver and gold belong to Me” — this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. 9“The final glory of this house # Or The glory of this latter house will be greater than the first,” # Mt 12:42 says the Lord of Hosts. “I will provide peace in this place” # Is 60:18 — this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
From Deprivation to Blessing
10On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet: 11“This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Ask the priests for a ruling. # Mal 2:7 12If a man is carrying consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and it touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any other food, does it become holy? ” # Jr 11:15
The priests answered, “No.”
13Then Haggai asked, “If someone defiled by contact with a corpse touches any of these, does it become defiled? ” # Lv 11:39; 22:4-6; Nm 19:11-13,22
The priests answered, “It becomes defiled.”
14Then Haggai replied, “So is this people, and so is this nation before Me” — this is the Lord’s declaration. “And so is every work of their hands; even what they offer there is defiled.
15“Now, reflect back from this day: Before one stone was placed on another in the Lord’s temple, 16what state were you in? # Hb obscure When someone came to a grain heap of 20 measures, it only amounted to 10; when one came to the winepress to dip 50 measures from the vat, it only amounted to 20. 17I struck you — all the work of your hands — with blight, mildew, # Dt 28:22; 1Kg 8:37; Am 4:9 and hail, # Ps 105:32-33 but you didn’t turn to Me” — this is the Lord’s declaration. 18“Consider carefully # Hg 1:5,7 from this day forward; from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid; consider it carefully. 19Is there still seed left in the granary? The vine, the fig, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yet produced. But from this day on I will bless you.” # Zch 8:9-13
Promise to Zerubbabel
20The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 21“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. # Hg 2:6-7; Ezk 38:19-20 22I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms. # Gn 19:25; Am 4:11 I will overturn chariots and their riders. Horses and their riders will fall, each by his brother’s sword. 23On that day” — this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts — “I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, My servant” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “and make you like My signet ring, # Est 8:8; Jr 22:23-25 for I have chosen you.” # Mt 1:12-13 This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.