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Haggai 2:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 If a person carries consecrated meat1 in the fold of his garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, oil or other food, does it become consecrated?2' " 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.3" 14 Then Haggai said, " 'So it is with this people4 and this nation in my sight,' declares the LORD. 'Whatever they do and whatever they offer5 there is defiled. 15 " 'Now give careful thought6 to this from this day ona--consider how things were before one stone was laid7 on another in the LORD's temple.8 16 When anyone came to a heap9 of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat10 to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty.11 17 I struck all the work of your hands12 with blight,13 mildew and hail,14 yet you did not turn15 to me,' declares the LORD.16 18 'From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought17 to the day when the foundation18 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 pomegranate19 and the olive tree have not borne fruit.20 " 'From this day on I will bless21 you.' "

Zerubbabel the LORD's Signet Ring

20 The word of the LORD came to Haggai22 a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month:23 21 "Tell Zerubbabel24 governor of Judah that I will shake25 the heavens and the earth. 22 I will overturn26 royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms.27 I will overthrow chariots28 and their drivers; horses and their riders29 will fall, each by the sword of his brother.30
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