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Haggai 2

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He encourages the people to the work, by promise of greater glory to the second temple than was in the first.

2:1 In the seventh month, in the twenty-first day of the month, the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai the prophet, saying,

2:2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying,

2:3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Isn’t it in your eyes as nothing?

2:4 Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’

says Yahweh.
‘Be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’
says Yahweh,
‘and work, for I am with you,’
says Yahweh of Armies.

2:5 This is the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, and my Spirit lived among you.

‘Don’t be afraid.’

2:6 For this is what Yahweh of Armies says:

‘Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land;

2:7 and I will shake all nations. The precious things of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says Yahweh of Armies.

2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,’

says Yahweh of Armies.

2:9 ‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’
says Yahweh of Armies;
‘and in this place will I give peace,’
says Yahweh of Armies.”

In the type of holy things and unclean he shews their sins hindered the work.

2:10 In the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai the prophet, saying,

2:11 “Thus says Yahweh of Armies: Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,

2:12 ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment,
and with his fold touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any food,
will it become holy?’”
The priests answered,

2:13 Then Haggai said,

“If one who is unclean by reason of a dead body touch any of these, will it be unclean?”
The priests answered, “It will be unclean.”

2:14 Then Haggai answered,

“‘So is this people, and so is this nation before me,’ says Yahweh; ‘and so is every work of their hands. That which they offer there is unclean.

2:15 Now, please consider from this day and backward, before a stone was laid on a stone in the temple of Yahweh.

2:16 Through all that time, when one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty, there were only twenty.

2:17 I struck you with blight, mildew, and hail in all the work of your hands; yet you didn’t turn to me,’ says Yahweh.

2:18 ‘Consider, please, from this day and backward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, since the day that the foundation of Yahweh’s temple was laid, consider it.

2:19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Yes, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree haven’t brought forth. From this day will I bless you.’”

God's promise to Zerubbabel.

2:20 The Word of Yahweh came the second time to Haggai in the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying,

2:21 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying,
‘I will shake the heavens and the earth.

2:22 I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations. I will overthrow the chariots, and those who ride in them. The horses and their riders will come down, everyone by the sword of his brother.

2:23 In that day,

says Yahweh of Armies,
will I take you, Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel,’
says Yahweh,
‘and will make you as a signet, for I have chosen you,’
says Yahweh of Armies.”

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