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Haggai 2 (New International Version)

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The Promised Glory of the New House

1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month,1 the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:2 2 "Speak to Zerubbabel3 son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jehozadak,4 the high priest, and to the remnant5 of the people. Ask them, 3 'Who of you is left who saw this house6 in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?7 4 But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,' declares the LORD. 'Be strong,8 O Joshua son of Jehozadak,9 the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,' declares the LORD, 'and work. For I am with10 you,' declares the LORD Almighty. 5 'This is what I covenanted11 with you when you came out of Egypt.12 And my Spirit13 remains among you. Do not fear.'14 6 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while15 I will once more shake the heavens and the earth,16 the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and the desired17 of all nations will come, and I will fill this house18 with glory,19' says the LORD Almighty. 8 'The silver is mine and the gold20 is mine,' declares the LORD Almighty. 9 'The glory21 of this present house22 will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,23' declares the LORD Almighty."

Blessings for a Defiled People

10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month,24 in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Haggai: 11 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Ask the priests25 what the law says: 12 If a person carries consecrated meat26 in the fold of his garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, oil or other food, does it become consecrated?27' " The priests answered, "No." 13 Then Haggai said, "If a person defiled by contact with a dead body touches one of these things, does it become defiled?" "Yes," the priests replied, "it becomes defiled.28" 14 Then Haggai said, " 'So it is with this people29 and this nation in my sight,' declares the LORD. 'Whatever they do and whatever they offer30 there is defiled. 15 " 'Now give careful thought31 to this from this day ona--consider how things were before one stone was laid32 on another in the LORD's temple.33 16 When anyone came to a heap34 of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat35 to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty.36 17 I struck all the work of your hands37 with blight,38 mildew and hail,39 yet you did not turn40 to me,' declares the LORD.41 18 'From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought42 to the day when the foundation43 of the LORD's temple was laid. Give careful thought: 19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate44 and the olive tree have not borne fruit.45 " 'From this day on I will bless46 you.' "

Zerubbabel the LORD's Signet Ring

20 The word of the LORD came to Haggai47 a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month:48 21 "Tell Zerubbabel49 governor of Judah that I will shake50 the heavens and the earth. 22 I will overturn51 royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms.52 I will overthrow chariots53 and their drivers; horses and their riders54 will fall, each by the sword of his brother.55 23 " 'On that day,56' declares the LORD Almighty, 'I will take you, my servant57 Zerubbabel58 son of Shealtiel,' declares the LORD, 'and I will make you like my signet ring,59 for I have chosen you,' declares the LORD Almighty."
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