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.'14