On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month in the second year of Darius, the LORD's word came to Haggai the prophet:
This is what the LORD of heavenly forces says: Go ahead and ask the priests for a ruling:
"If someone lifts holy meat into the hem of one's garment and that hem touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any kind of food, will it be made holy?" And the priests responded, "No."
Haggai said, "If an unclean person touches any of these things, will it become unclean?" And the priests responded, "It will be unclean."
Then Haggai responded: Thus has this people and this nation become to me, says the LORD, and everything that they do with their hands. Whatever they offer is unclean.