Bible: Haggai 2

The Glory to Come

2:1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, 1  the Lord spoke again through the prophet Haggai: 2  2:2 Ask the following questions to 3  Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 4  and the remnant of the people: 2:3 Who among you survivors saw the former splendor of this temple? 5  How does it look to you now? Isn’t it nothing by comparison? 2:4 Even so, take heart, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord. ‘Take heart, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and 6  all you citizens of the land,’ 7  says the Lord, ‘and begin to work. For I am with you,’ says the Lord who rules over all. 2:5 Do not fear, because I made a promise to your ancestors when they left Egypt, and my spirit 8  even now testifies to you.’ 9  2:6 Moreover, the Lord who rules over all says: ‘In just a little while 10  I will once again shake the sky 11  and the earth, the sea and the dry ground. 2:7 I will also shake up all the nations, and they 12  will offer their treasures; 13  then I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord who rules over all. 2:8 The silver and gold will be mine,’ says the Lord who rules over all. 2:9 The future splendor of this temple will be greater than that of former times,’ 14  the Lord who rules over all declares, ‘and in this place I will give peace.’ 15 

The Promised Blessing

2:10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month of Dariussecond year, 16  the Lord spoke again to the prophet Haggai: 17  2:11 The Lord who rules over all says, ‘Ask the priests about the law. 18  2:12 If someone carries holy meat in a fold of his garment and that fold touches bread, a boiled dish, wine, olive oil, or any other food, will that item become holy?’” 19  The priests answered, “It will not.” 2:13 Then Haggai asked, “If a person who is ritually unclean because of touching a dead body 20  comes in contact with one of these items, will it become unclean?” The priests answered, “It will be unclean.”

2:14 Then Haggai responded, “‘The people of this nation are unclean in my sight,’ 21  says the Lord. ‘And so is all their effort; everything they offer is also unclean. 22  2:15 Now therefore reflect carefully on the recent past, 23  before one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple. 24  2:16 From that time 25  when one came expecting a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten; when one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty measures from it, there were only twenty. 2:17 I struck all the products of your labor 26  with blight, disease, and hail, and yet you brought nothing to me,’ 27  says the Lord. 2:18 Think carefully about the past: 28  from today, the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, 29  to the day work on the temple of the Lord was resumed, 30  think about it. 31  2:19 The seed is still in the storehouse, isn’t it? And the vine, fig tree, pomegranate, and olive tree have not produced. Nevertheless, from today on I will bless you.’

Zerubbabel the Chosen One

2:20 Then the Lord spoke again to Haggai 32  on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 33  2:21 Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah: ‘I am ready 34  to shake the sky 35  and the earth. 2:22 I will overthrow royal thrones and shatter the might of earthly kingdoms. 36  I will overthrow chariots and those who ride them, and horses and their riders will fall as people kill one another. 37  2:23 On that day,’ 38  says the Lord who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ 39  says the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, 40  for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” 41 

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