'Who of you is left who saw this house1 in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?24
But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,' declares the LORD. 'Be strong,3 O Joshua son of Jehozadak,4 the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,' declares the LORD, 'and work. For I am with5 you,' declares the LORD Almighty.
'This is what I covenanted6 with you when you came out of Egypt.7 And my Spirit8 remains among you. Do not fear.'96
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while10 I will once more shake the heavens and the earth,11 the sea and the dry land.
I will shake all nations, and the desired12 of all nations will come, and I will fill this house13 with glory,14' says the LORD Almighty.
'The silver is mine and the gold15 is mine,' declares the LORD Almighty.
'The glory16 of this present house17 will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,18' declares the LORD Almighty."
On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month,19 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 priests20 what the law says:
If a person carries consecrated meat21 in the fold of his garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, oil or other food, does it become consecrated?22' " The priests answered, "No."
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.23"