On the twenty-first of the seventhmonth, the word of the LORDcame by 1Haggai the prophetsaying,
2"Speaknow to 2Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, 3governor of Judah, and to 4Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the highpriest, and to the 5remnant of the peoplesaying,
3'Who is 6left among you whosawthisatemple in its 7formerglory? And how do you see it now? Does it not bseem to you like nothingcin comparison?
'But nowd8takecourage, Zerubbabel,' declares the LORD, 'takecourage also, Joshuason of Jehozadak, the highpriest, and all you people of the landtakecourage,' declares the LORD, 'and work; for 9I am with you,' declares the LORD of hosts.
'As for the e10promisewhich I fmade you when you came out of Egypt, gMy 11Spirit is abiding in your midst; 12do not fear!'