A Promise to Rebuild
1In the seventh month on the twenty-first day, the word of Yahweh came through#Literally “came through the hand of” Haggai the prophet, saying, 2“Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying, 3‘Who among you is left that saw this house in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it seem like nothing to you?#Literally “in your eyes” 4‘But now take courage,#Or “be strong” Zerubbabel,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh. ‘Take courage,#Or “Be strong” Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and take courage,#Or “be strong” all the people of the land,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh. ‘Do the work, because I am with you,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh of hosts, 5‘according to the promise#Literally “the word” that I covenanted#Literally “I cut” with you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit is with you;#Literally “is standing in your midst” do not be afraid.’ 6For thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and dry land. 7I will shake all the nations so that the treasure of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house#That is, the temple with glory,’ says Yahweh of hosts. 8‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh of hosts. 9‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says Yahweh of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give peace’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh of hosts.’ ”
10On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to the prophet Haggai, saying, 11“Thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘Ask now the priests for a ruling:#Or “a torah,” or “a law” 12If a man carries#Literally “lifts” consecrated meat in the hem of his garment, and his hem touches bread, or stew, or wine, or olive oil, or any kind of food, will it become holy?’ ” The priests answered, “No.” 13Then Haggai said, “If one who is unclean from contact with a corpse touches any of these, will it become unclean?” The priests answered, “Yes, it will be become unclean.” 14And Haggai answered and said, “ ‘So it is with this people, and with this nation before me,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh, ‘and so it is with every kind of work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean. 15But now, please consider#Literally “set your heart” from this day forward, before one stone was placed on another in the temple of Yahweh, 16from that time when#Or “from their being,” or “from the time they were then” one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten, and when one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty measures,#Hebrew “measure” there were only twenty. 17I struck you with blight, and with plant mildew, and hail, all the work of your hands. But you did not come back to me,’#Literally “there were none of you to me” declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh. 18‘Please consider#Literally “Please set your heart” from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day that the foundation of Yahweh’s temple was laid,#Or “placed,” or “set” consider:#Literally “set your heart” 19Is there still seed in the store chamber? Do the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree still produce nothing? From this day forward I will bless you.’ ”
The Coming Kingdom
20And the word of Yahweh came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month saying, 21“Say to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, 22and I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the military strength of the kingdoms of the nations. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, every one by the sword of another! 23‘On that day,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh, ‘and I will make you a signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh of hosts.”
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