I. IN the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first clay of the mondi, a word of the Lord came by the ministry of Haggai the prophet, saying,
Say to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel of the tribe of Juda,
2 and to Jesus the son of Josedek the high priest, these words: Thus saith the Lord Almighty, This people say, The time is
3 not come to build the house of the Lord. Now a word of the
4 Lord is come by the ministry of Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it indeed time for you to dwell in your cieled houses, whilst
5 this house of ours is lying waste? Now therefore thus saith the
6 Lord Almighty, Turn your thoughts on your ways. You have- sown much and gathered little. You have eaten but have not had enough. You have drunk, but not plentifully; you have
7 clothed yourselves, but have not been warmed. And he who earned wages put it in a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord
8 Almighty apply your thoughts to these ways of yours: Go up to the mountain and cut timber. Build this house that I may
f) take pleasure in it and be glorified, saith the Lord. You havt
looked for much, but little came; and when it was brought home I blowed upon it on this account, saith the Lord, because my
10 house is waste and you attend every one to his own house; therefore the heaven shall refrain from dew and the earth shall
11 withhold her products; and I will bring a sword on this land and on the mountains, and on the corn, and on the wine, and on the oil even on all that the earth produceth, and on the men and on the cattle and on all the labours of their hands.
12 Thereupon Zorobabel, the son of Salathiel, of the tribe of Juda, and Jesus the son of Josedek the high priest, and all the remnant of the people hearkened to the voice of the Lord their God and to the words of the prophet Haggai, as the Lord their God had sent him to them. And when the people were terrifi-
13 ed at the presence of the Lord, then Haggai, a messenger of the Lord among the messengers of the Lord to the people,
14 said, "I am with you saith the Lord." And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zorobabel the son of Salathiel of the tribe of Juda, and the spirit of Jesus the son of Josedek the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people and they went and worked at the house of the Lord Almighty their God on the four and twentieth day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king.
II. In the seventh month, on the twenty first day of the month,
2 the Lord spoke by the ministry of Haggai the prophet, saying, Speak now to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel of the tribe of Juda, and to Jesus the son of Josedek the high priest, and
3 to all the remnant of the people, saying, Is there any of you who hath seen this house in its former glory? How then must
4 you look upon this now as a mere nothing before you! B.ut be strong now Zorobabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, Jesus son of Josedek the high priest; and be strong all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you
5 saith the Lord Almighty, and my spirit is in the midst of you. 6.Be of good courage; for thus saith the Lord Almighty, Yet
once more, I will shake the heaven and the earth including the
7 sea and dry land, and I will convulse all the nations; and the choice things of all the nations will come, and I will fill this
8 very house with glory, saith the Lord Almighty. The silver is
9 mine and the gold is mine, saith the Lord Almighty. Bc'causc
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the glory of this house shall be great, the latter greater than the first, saith the Lord Almighty; therefore in this very place I will give peace, saith the Lord Almighty—even peace of mind for a possession to every one active in again raising up this temple.
10 On the twenty fourth of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, a word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet,
11 saying, Thus saith the Lord Almighty, Ask the priests the
12 law, saying, If a man take holy flesh in the skirt of his mantle; and the skirt of his mantle touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or
13 oil, or any kind of food, will they be hallowed? And the priest in reply, said, No. Then Haggai said, If a polluted person—one who is unclean by a dead body touch any of these things will
14 they be polluted? And the priests answered and said, They will be polluted. Thereupon Haggai said in reply, So is this people and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord: and so are all the works of their hands. And whoever shall come near there shall be polluted because of their morning burdens. Are they to be afflicted with grief on account of their toils? And have
15 you hated a reprover in the gates? Recollect now, I beseech you, from that day back, before there was a stone laid upon a
16 stone in the temple of the Lord, What were ye? When you came to measure twenty measures of barley, it was become ten. And when you went to the wine lake to draw off fifty mea-
17 sures, there were only twenty. I smote you with blasting and mildew and hail in all the works of your hands when you turn-
18 ed not to me, saith the Lord. Turn now your thoughts from ,this day forward, from this twenty fourth of the ninth month: and from the day on which the foundation of the house of the
19 Lord is laid, lay up in your minds whether that will be the case in the threshing floor? whether the vine or the fig tree or the pomegranate or the olive tree will any more be unproductive? From <lvs very day I will bless.
20 Moreover :a word of the Lord came a second time to Hag-
21 gai the prophet pn the twenty fourth day of the month, saying, Say to Zorobabel ijhe son of Salathiel of the tribe of Juda— Say,-"I will shafce^e heaven and the earth including the sea
2-2 and the dry laud, apd I wjjjl overthrow the thrones of kings and destroy the power of the kings oCthe nations: and I will over-
throw the chariots and the charioteers; and horses and their riders shall come down every one with a sword against his bro- 23 ther. On that day, saith the Lord Almighty, I will take thee Zorobabel the son of Salathiel my servant, saith the Lord, and make thee a signet, because I have chosen thee, saith the Lord Almighty.