2Then on October 17 of that same year, the Lord sent another message through the prophet Haggai.H7637H259H6242H2320H1697H3068H3027H5030H2292H559 2“Say this to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of God’s people there in the land:H559H2216H1121H7597H6346H3063H3091H1121H3087H1419H3548H7611H5971H559 3‘Does anyone remember this house—this Temple—in its former splendor? How, in comparison, does it look to you now? It must seem like nothing at all!H7604H7200H1004H7223H3519H7200H5869H3644 4But now the Lord says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.H2388H2216H5002H3068H2388H3091H1121H3087H1419H3548H2388H5971H776H5002H3068H6213H5002H3068H6635 5My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’H1697H3772H3318H4714H7307H5975H8432H3372 6“For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land.H559H3068H6635H259H4592H7493H8064H776H3220H2724 7I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.H7493H1471H2532H1471H935H4390H1004H3519H559H3068H6635 8The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.H3701H2091H5002H3068H6635 9The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”H3519H314H1004H1419H7223H5002H3068H6635H4725H5414H7965H559H3068H6635 10On December 18 of the second year of King Darius’s reign, the Lord sent this message to the prophet Haggai:H702H6242H8671H8147H8141H1867H1697H3068H3027H2292H5030H559 11“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says. Ask the priests this question about the law:H559H3068H6635H7592H3548H8451H559 12‘If one of you is carrying some meat from a holy sacrifice in his robes and his robe happens to brush against some bread or stew, wine or olive oil, or any other kind of food, will it also become holy?’” The priests replied, “No.”H376H5375H6944H1320H3671H899H3671H5060H3899H5138H3196H8081H3978H6942H3548H6030H559 13Then Haggai asked, “If someone becomes ceremonially unclean by touching a dead person and then touches any of these foods, will the food be defiled?” And the priests answered, “Yes.”H559H2292H2931H5315H5060H2930H3548H6030H559H2930 14Then Haggai responded, “That is how it is with this people and this nation, says the Lord. Everything they do and everything they offer is defiled by their sin.H6030H2292H559H5971H1471H6440H5002H3068H4639H3027H7126H2931 15Look at what was happening to you before you began to lay the foundation of the Lord’s Temple.H7760H3824H3117H4605H2962H68H7760H68H1964H3068 16When you hoped for a twenty-bushel crop, you harvested only ten. When you expected to draw fifty gallons from the winepress, you found only twenty.H935H6194H6242H6235H935H3342H2834H2572H6333H6242 17I sent blight and mildew and hail to destroy everything you worked so hard to produce. Even so, you refused to return to me, says the Lord.H5221H7711H3420H1259H4639H3027H5002H3068 18“Think about this eighteenth day of December, the day when the foundation of the Lord’s Temple was laid. Think carefully.H7760H3824H3117H4605H702H6242H3117H8671H3117H3245H3068H1964H7760H3824 19I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day onward I will bless you.”H2233H4035H1612H8384H7416H2132H6086H5375H3117H1288 20On that same day, December 18, the Lord sent this second message to Haggai:H8145H1697H3068H2292H702H6242H2320H559 21“Tell Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, that I am about to shake the heavens and the earth.H559H2216H6346H3063H559H7493H8064H776 22I will overthrow royal thrones and destroy the power of foreign kingdoms. I will overturn their chariots and riders. The horses will fall, and their riders will kill each other.H2015H3678H4467H8045H2392H4467H1471H2015H4818H7392H5483H7392H3381H376H2719H251 23“But when this happens, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, I will honor you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant. I will make you like a signet ring on my finger, says the Lord, for I have chosen you. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”H3117H5002H3068H6635H3947H2216H5650H1121H7597H5002H3068H7760H2368H977H5002H3068H6635
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