Haggai 2

Haggai 2:1  
In the seventh month, in the twenty-first day of the month, Yahweh’s word came by Haggai the prophet, saying,

Haggai 2:2  
“Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying,

Haggai 2:3  
‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Isn’t it in your eyes as nothing?

Haggai 2:4  
Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says Yahweh. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ says Yahweh, ‘and work, for I am with you,’ says Yahweh of Armies.

Haggai 2:5  
This is the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, and my Spirit lived among you. ‘Don’t be afraid.’

Haggai 2:6  
For this is what Yahweh of Armies says: ‘Yet once more, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land;

Haggai 2:7  
and I will shake all nations. The treasure of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says Yahweh of Armies.

Haggai 2:8  
The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,’ says Yahweh of Armies.

Haggai 2:9  
‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says Yahweh of Armies; ‘and in this place I will give peace,’ says Yahweh of Armies.”

Haggai 2:10  
In the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, Yahweh’s word came by Haggai the prophet, saying,

Haggai 2:11  
“Yahweh of Armies says: Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,

Haggai 2:12  
‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and with his fold touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any food, will it become holy?’ ” The priests answered, “No.”

Haggai 2:13  
Then Haggai said, “If one who is unclean by reason of a dead body touch any of these, will it be unclean?” The priests answered, “It will be unclean.”

Haggai 2:14  
Then Haggai answered, “ ‘So is this people, and so is this nation before me,’ says Yahweh; ‘and so is every work of their hands. That which they offer there is unclean.

Haggai 2:15  
Now, please consider from this day and backward, before a stone was laid on a stone in Yahweh’s temple.

Haggai 2:16  
Through all that time, when one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty, there were only twenty.

Haggai 2:17  
I struck you with blight, mildew, and hail in all the work of your hands; yet you didn’t turn to me,’ says Yahweh.

Haggai 2:18  
‘Consider, please, from this day and backward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, since the day that the foundation of Yahweh’s temple was laid, consider it.

Haggai 2:19  
Is the seed yet in the barn? Yes, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree haven’t produced. From today I will bless you.’ ”

Haggai 2:20  
Yahweh’s word came the second time to Haggai in the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying,

Haggai 2:21  
“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, ‘I will shake the heavens and the earth.

Haggai 2:22  
I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations. I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them. The horses and their riders will come down, everyone by the sword of his brother.

Haggai 2:23  
In that day, says Yahweh of Armies, I will take you, Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says Yahweh, ‘and will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ says Yahweh of Armies.”

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