Encouragement and Promise

1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet:
2 "Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people:
3 Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn't it seem like nothing to you?a
4 Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel"-the Lord's declaration.b "Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land"-the Lord's declaration. "Work! For I am with you"c-the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
5 "[This is] the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt,d and My Spirit is present among you; don't be afraid."