On the 1twenty-fourth of the ninth month, in the secondyear of Darius, the word of the LORDcame to Haggai the prophet, saying,
11"Thussays the LORD of hosts, '2Asknow the priests for a aruling:
12'If a mancarries3holymeat in the bfold of his garment, and touchesbread with cthis fold, or cookedfood, wine, oil, or any other food, will it becomeholy?' " And the priestsanswered, "No."
Then Haggaisaid, "4If one who is unclean from a dcorpsetouchesany of these, will the latter becomeunclean?" And the priestsanswered, "It will becomeunclean."
Then Haggaisaid, " '5So is thispeople. And so is thisnationbefore Me,' declares the LORD, 'and so is everywork of their hands; and what they offerthere is unclean.