Encouraging the people

1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the LORD's word came through Haggai the prophet:
2 Say to Judah's Governor Zerubbabel, Shealtiel's son, and to the Chief Priest Joshua, Jehozadak's son, and to the rest of the people:
3 Who among you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn't it appear as nothing to you?
4 So now, be strong, Zerubbabel, says the LORD. Be strong, High Priest Joshua, Jehozadak's son, and be strong, all you people of the land, says the LORD. Work, for I am with you, says the LORD of heavenly forces.
5 As with our agreement when you came out of Egypt, my spirit stands in your midst. Don't fear.