From Deprivation to Blessing

10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth [month], in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet:
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      11 "This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Ask the priests for a ruling.a
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          12 If a man is carrying consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and with his fold touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any other food, does it become holy?"b The priests answered, "No."
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              13 Then Haggai asked, "If someone defiled by [contact with] a corpse touches any of these, does it become defiled?"c The priests answered, "It becomes defiled."
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                • l 2:13 - Lv 11:39; 22:4-6; Nm 19:11-13,22
                  14 Then Haggai replied, "So is this people, and so is this nation before Me"-the Lord's declaration. "And so is every work of their hands; even what they offer there is defiled.