On the twenty-first day of the seventh month,1 the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:22
"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,
'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?74
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.
'This is what I covenanted11 with you when you came out of Egypt.12 And my Spirit13 remains among you. Do not fear.'146
"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.
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.
'The silver is mine and the gold20 is mine,' declares the LORD Almighty.
'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."
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:
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Ask the priests25 what the law says: