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.
'But now, do e6consider from thisdayfonward: before one 7stone was placed on another in the temple of the LORD,
16gfrom that time when one came to a grain heap of twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the winevat to drawfiftyhmeasures, there would be only twenty.
'I smote you and everywork of your hands with 8blastingwind, mildew and hail; iyet you did not come back to Me,' declares the LORD.
'Do j9consider from thisdaykonward, from the 10twenty-fourthday of the ninth month; from the daywhen the temple of the LORD was 11founded, lconsider :
'Is the seedstill in the barn? Evenincluding the vine, the figtree, the pomegranate and the olivetree, it has not borne fruit. Yet from thisday on I will 12bless you."'
Then the word of the LORDcame a secondtime to Haggai on the 13twenty-fourth day of the month, saying,
21"Speak to 14Zerubbabelgovernor of Judah, saying, 'I am going to 15shake the heavens and the earth.
'I will 16overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the 17power of the kingdoms of the mnations; and I will 18overthrow the chariots and their riders, and the 19horses and their riders will godown, 20everyone by the sword of another.'
'On that day,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'I will take you, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant,' declares the LORD, 'and I will make you like a n21signet ring, for 22I have chosen you,' " declares the LORD of hosts.