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Haggai 2

Haggai :Introduction 1 2

The Glorious New Temple
2
1-2 On the twenty-first day of the next month,
d 2.1,2 the next month: Tishri (also called Ethanim), the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, from about mid-September to mid-October (see the note at 1.1).
the Lord told Haggai the prophet to speak this message to Governor Zerubbabel, High Priest Joshua, and everyone else:
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1 In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying,
by: Heb. by the hand of
3 Does anyone remember how glorious this temple used to be? Now it looks like nothing.
2.3 Ezra 3.12.
3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?
4 But cheer up! Because I, the Lord All-Powerful, will be here to help you with the work, 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:
5 just as I promised your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt. Don't worry. My Spirit is
e 2.5 My Spirit is: Or “I am.”
right here with you.
2.5 Ex 29.45
5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
6 Soon I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
2.6 He 12.26.
6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
7 I will shake the nations, and their treasures
f 2.7 their treasures: Hebrew “what they most desire.”
will be brought here. Then the brightness of my glory will fill this temple.
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
8 All silver and gold belong to me, 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
9 and I promise that this new temple will be more glorious than the first one. I will also bless this city
g 2.9 city: Or “temple.”
with peace.
9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
The Past and the Future
10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month,
h 2.10 ninth month: Chislev, the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar, from about mid-November to mid-December.
the Lord God All-Powerful told the prophet Haggai
10 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,
11 to ask the priests for their opinion on the following matter: 11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,
12 Suppose meat ready to be sacrificed to God is being carried in the folds of someone's clothing, and the clothing rubs against some bread or stew or wine or olive oil or any other food. Would those foods that were touched then become acceptable for sacrifice?
“Of course not,” the priests answered.
12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.
13 Then Haggai said, “Suppose someone has touched a dead body and is considered unacceptable to worship God. If that person touches these foods, would they become unclean?”
2.13 Nu 19.11
“Of course they would,” the priests answered.
13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.
14 So the Lord told Haggai to say:
That's how it is with this entire nation. Everything you do and every sacrifice you offer is unacceptable to me.
14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.
15 But from now on, things will get better. Before you started laying the foundation for the temple, 15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:
16 you recalled what life was like in the past.
i 2.16 you recalled ... past: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
When you wanted twenty bushels of wheat, there were only ten, and when you wanted fifty jars of wine, there were only twenty.
16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.
17 I made all of your hard work useless by sending mildew, mold, and hail—but you still did not return to me, your Lord. 17 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.
18 Today you have completed the foundation for my temple, so listen to what your future will be like.
18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD'S temple was laid, consider it.
19 Although you have not yet harvested any grain, grapes, figs, pomegranates,
j 2.19 pomegranates: A bright red fruit that looks like an apple.
or olives, I will richly bless you in the days ahead.
19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.
God's Promise to Zerubbabel
20 That same day the Lord spoke to Haggai again and said:
20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,
21 Tell Governor Zerubbabel of Judah that I am going to shake the heavens and the earth
21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;
22 and wipe out kings and their kingdoms. I will overturn war chariots, and then cavalry troops will start slaughtering each other. 22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.
23 But tell my servant Zerubbabel that I, the Lord All-Powerful, have chosen him, and he will rule in my name.
k 2.23 rule in my name: The Hebrew text has “be my signet ring,” which signified authority.
23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

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