Haggai 2:2

2 and all the people:

Haggai 2:2 Meaning and Commentary

Haggai 2:2

Speak now to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of
Judah Of whom, his descent and dignity, (See Gill on Haggai 1:1). The Septuagint version wrongly renders it "of the tribe of Judah"; in which it is followed by the Arabic version; for, though he was of the tribe of Judah, this does not sufficiently distinguish him; nor does it answer to the word here used, which is expressive of his office and dignity. The Vulgate Latin version, Luther, and Castalio, omit the particle (an) , rendered "now", which is very emphatic. The prophet is ordered to go and say what he is bid, directly, immediately, at once, without any delay; the very day before mentioned, yea, at that very instant or moment, the people being now at work, under the eye of their governor; in order to remove an offence, which might discourage them in their work, taken from the meanness of the building, in comparison of the former temple: and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the
residue of the people;
these, besides the two former, even the whole body of the people, the remnant that were come out of the captivity of Babylon: saying;
to the above persons, as follows:

Haggai 2:2 In-Context

1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the Word of God came through the prophet Haggai: "Tell Governor Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak
2 and all the people:
3 'Is there anyone here who saw the Temple the way it used to be, all glorious? And what do you see now? Not much, right?
4 "'So get to work, Zerubbabel!' - God is speaking. "'Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak - high priest!' "'Get to work, all you people!' - God is speaking.
5 'Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I'm living and breathing among you right now. Don't be timid. Don't hold back.'
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