In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the secondyear of Darius, came the word of the LORDbyHaggai the prophet,saying ,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts;Ask now the priests concerning the law,saying ,
If onebearholyflesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touchbread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy ? And the priestsanswered and said , No.
Then saidHaggai, If one that is unclean by a dead bodytouch any of these, shall it be unclean ? And the priestsanswered and said , It shall be unclean .
Then answeredHaggai, and said , So is this people, and so is this nationbefore me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.15
And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:16
Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw outfifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.17
I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.18Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentiethday of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD'Stemple was laid, consider it.
Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olivetree, hath not brought forth : from this day will I bless you.