Bible: Haggai 2:10-23

The Promised Blessing

2:10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month of Dariussecond year, 1  the Lord spoke again to the prophet Haggai: 2  2:11 The Lord who rules over all says, ‘Ask the priests about the law. 3  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?’” 4  The priests answered, “It will not.” 2:13 Then Haggai asked, “If a person who is ritually unclean because of touching a dead body 5  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,’ 6  says the Lord. ‘And so is all their effort; everything they offer is also unclean. 7  2:15 Now therefore reflect carefully on the recent past, 8  before one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple. 9  2:16 From that time 10  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 11  with blight, disease, and hail, and yet you brought nothing to me,’ 12  says the Lord. 2:18 Think carefully about the past: 13  from today, the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, 14  to the day work on the temple of the Lord was resumed, 15  think about it. 16  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 17  on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 18  2:21 Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah: ‘I am ready 19  to shake the sky 20  and the earth. 2:22 I will overthrow royal thrones and shatter the might of earthly kingdoms. 21  I will overthrow chariots and those who ride them, and horses and their riders will fall as people kill one another. 22  2:23 On that day,’ 23  says the Lord who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ 24  says the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, 25  for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” 26 

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