35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”39“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).42And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter ).
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”49Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”50Jesus said, “You believebecause I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”51He then added, “Very truly I tell you,youwill see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’the Son of Man.”
2Now the first to resettle on their own property in their own towns were some Israelites, priests, Levites and temple servants.3Those from Judah, from Benjamin, and from Ephraim and Manasseh who lived in Jerusalem were:4Uthai son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, a descendant of Perez son of Judah.5Of the Shelanites : Asaiah the firstborn and his sons.6Of the Zerahites: Jeuel. The people from Judah numbered 690.7Of the Benjamites: Sallu son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah;8Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi, the son of Mikri; and Meshullam son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah.9The people from Benjamin, as listed in their genealogy, numbered 956. All these men were heads of their families.10Of the priests: Jedaiah; Jehoiarib; Jakin;11Azariah son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the official in charge of the house of God;12Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah; and Maasai son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer.13The priests, who were heads of families, numbered 1,760. They were able men, responsible for ministering in the house of God.14Of the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, a Merarite;15Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniah son of Mika, the son of Zikri, the son of Asaph;16Obadiah son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun; and Berekiah son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites.17The gatekeepers: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman and their fellow Levites, Shallum their chief18being stationed at the King’s Gate on the east, up to the present time. These were the gatekeepers belonging to the camp of the Levites.19Shallum son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his fellow gatekeepers from his family (the Korahites) were responsible for guarding the thresholds of the tent just as their ancestors had been responsible for guarding the entrance to the dwelling of the LORD.20In earlier times Phinehas son of Eleazar was the official in charge of the gatekeepers, and the LORD was with him.21Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the tent of meeting.22Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer.23They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the LORD—the house called the tent of meeting.24The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north and south.25Their fellow Levites in their villages had to come from time to time and share their duties for seven-day periods.26But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries in the house of God.27They would spend the night stationed around the house of God, because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning.28Some of them were in charge of the articles used in the temple service; they counted them when they were brought in and when they were taken out.29Others were assigned to take care of the furnishings and all the other articles of the sanctuary, as well as the special flour and wine, and the olive oil, incense and spices.30But some of the priests took care of mixing the spices.31A Levite named Mattithiah, the firstborn son of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with the responsibility for baking the offering bread.32Some of the Kohathites, their fellow Levites, were in charge of preparing for every Sabbath the bread set out on the table.33Those who were musicians, heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night.34All these were heads of Levite families, chiefs as listed in their genealogy, and they lived in Jerusalem.
35Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived in Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maakah,36and his firstborn son was Abdon, followed by Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,37Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth.38Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. They too lived near their relatives in Jerusalem.39Ner was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal.40The son of Jonathan: Merib-Baal, who was the father of Micah.41The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melek, Tahrea and Ahaz.42Ahaz was the father of Jadah, Jadah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri, and Zimri was the father of Moza.43Moza was the father of Binea; Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son and Azel his son.44Azel had six sons, and these were their names: Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.
1In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest:2This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD’s house.’ ”3Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:4“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”5Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.6You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”7This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.8Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.9“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.10Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.11I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”12Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the LORD their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the LORD.13Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD.14So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the LORD Almighty, their God,15on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. In the second year of King Darius,
1on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai:2“Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them,3‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?4But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty.5‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’6“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.7I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.8‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.9‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”
10On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Haggai:11“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says:12If someone carries consecrated meat in the fold of their garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, olive oil or other food, does it become consecrated?’ ” The priests answered, “No.”13Then 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.”14Then Haggai said, “ ‘So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,’ declares the LORD. ‘Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.15“ ‘Now give careful thought to this from this day on —consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the LORD’s temple.16When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When anyone went to a wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were only twenty.17I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me,’ declares the LORD.18‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid. Give careful thought:19Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit. “ ‘From this day on I will bless you.’ ”
20The word of the LORD came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month:21“Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah that I am going to shake the heavens and the earth.22I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother.23“ ‘On that day,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”