'From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought1 to the day when the foundation2 of the LORD's temple was laid. Give careful thought:
Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate3 and the olive tree have not borne fruit.4 " 'From this day on I will bless5 you.' "
The word of the LORD came to Haggai6 a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month:721
"Tell Zerubbabel8 governor of Judah that I will shake9 the heavens and the earth.
I will overturn10 royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms.11 I will overthrow chariots12 and their drivers; horses and their riders13 will fall, each by the sword of his brother.1423
" 'On that day,15' declares the LORD Almighty, 'I will take you, my servant16 Zerubbabel17 son of Shealtiel,' declares the LORD, 'and I will make you like my signet ring,18 for I have chosen you,' declares the LORD Almighty."