On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the LORD's word came through Haggai the prophet:
Say to Judah's Governor Zerubbabel, Shealtiel's son, and to the Chief Priest Joshua, Jehozadak's son, and to the rest of the people:
Who among you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn't it appear as nothing to you?
So now, be strong, Zerubbabel, says the LORD. Be strong, High Priest Joshua, Jehozadak's son, and be strong, all you people of the land, says the LORD. Work, for I am with you, says the LORD of heavenly forces.
As with our agreement when you came out of Egypt, my spirit stands in your midst. Don't fear.