On December 18 a of the second year of King Darius's reign, the LORD sent this message to the prophet Haggai:
"This is what the LORD Almighty says! Ask the priests this question about the law:
If one of you is carrying a holy sacrifice in his robes and happens to brush against some bread or stew, wine or oil, or any other kind of food, will it also become holy? "The priests replied, "No."
Then Haggai asked, "But if someone becomes ceremonially unclean by touching a dead person and then brushes against any of the things mentioned, will it be defiled?" And the priests answered, "Yes."
Then Haggai said, "That is how it is with this people and this nation, says the LORD. Everything they do and everything they offer is defiled.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)