This is what the LORD Almighty says: "You who now hear these words spoken by the prophets1 who were there when the foundation2 was laid for the house of the LORD Almighty, let your hands be strong3 so that the temple may be built.
Before that time there were no wages4 for man or beast. No one could go about his business safely5 because of his enemy, for I had turned every man against his neighbor.
But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,"6 declares the LORD Almighty.
"The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit,7 the ground will produce its crops,8 and the heavens will drop their dew.9 I will give all these things as an inheritance10 to the remnant of this people.11