Haggai


Haggai

     1[1-4] In the second year of Darius the king, in the first day of the sixth month, the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai, the preacher, to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, leader of Judah, and to Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the leading preacher, saying, “This is what the God of All Creation says, These people say, ‘The time for Yahweh’s house to be built hasn’t come yet.’” Then the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai, the preacher, saying, “Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your nice houses, while this house is in ruins?

[5-8] So this is what the God of All Creation says, “Think about what you’re doing. You’ve planted much, and bring in little. You eat, but you don’t have enough. You drink, but you’re still thirsty. You put on clothes, but you’re not warm, and those who earn wages earn wages only to put it into a moneybag with holes in it.” This is what the God of All Creation says, “Think about what you’re doing. Go up to the mountain, bring wood, and build the house. I’ll be pleased with it, and I’ll be made known,” says Yahweh.

[9-12] “You looked for much, and, see, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the God of All Creation, “Because of My house that’s in ruins, while each of you is busy with their own houses. So for your sake the heavens won’t rain, and the earth won’t make its fruit. I called for a drought on the land, the mountains, the grain, the new wine, the oil, everything the ground brings forth, men, animals, and on all the work of human beings.” Then Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the leading preacher, with all of the rest of the people, did what Yahweh, their God, asked and listened to the words of Haggai, the preacher, as Yahweh, their God, had sent him; and the people showed respect to Yahweh.

[13-15] Then Haggai, Yahweh’s messenger, told Yahweh’s message to the people, saying, “I am with you,” says Yahweh. Then Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, leader of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the leading preacher, and the spirit of all the rest of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the God of All Creation, their God, in the 24th day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.

2[1   In, in the 21st day of the seventh month, the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai the preacher, saying, “Tell Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, leader of Judah, and Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the leading preacher, and to the rest of the people, saying, 'Who is left among you who saw this house in its former beauty? How do you see it now? Isn't it as nothing in your eyes? But be strong, Zerubbabel,' says Yahweh. 'Be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the leading preacher. Be strong, people of the land,' says Yahweh, 'and work, for I am with you,' says the God of All Creation. This is the word that I promised you when you came out of Egypt, and My Spirit was with you. 'Don't be afraid.'

[6-9] For this is what the God of All Creation says, ‘Still once more, very soon, I will shake the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations. The nations will bring their precious things, and I will fill this house with beauty, says the God of All Creation. The silver and gold are mine,’ says the God of All Creation. ‘The latter beauty of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the God of All Creation; ‘and in this place I’ll give peace,’ says the God of All Creation.”

[10-14] In the 24th day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the Word of Yahweh came by Haggai the preacher, saying, “This is what the God of All Creation says, Ask the priests about the law, saying, ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and with his fold touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any food, will it become holy?’” The priests answered, “No.” Then Haggai said, “If someone who is unfit by reason of a dead body touches any of these, will it be unfit?” The priests answered, “Yes, it’ll be unfit.” Then Haggai answered, “’So is this people, and so is this nation before me,’ says Yahweh; ‘and so is every work that they do. That which they offer there is unfit.

[15-19] Now, please think from this day back, before a stone was laid on a stone in the Place of Worship of Yahweh. Through all that time, when one came to a store of twenty measures, there were only ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty bottles, there were only twenty. I struck you with plant diseases, mildew, and hail in all the work you did; yet you didn’t turn to me,’ says Yahweh. ‘Think, please, from this day back, from the 24th day of the ninth month, since the day that the foundation of Yahweh’s Place of Worship was laid, Think about it. Is the seed still in the barn? Yes, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree haven’t brought forth. But from this day on I’ll bless you.’”

[20-23] The Word of Yahweh came the second time to Haggai in the 24th day of the month, saying, “Tell Zerubbabel, leader of Judah, saying, ‘I will shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow the rule of realms. I will destroy the strength of the realms of the nations. I will overthrow their vehicles of war, and those who ride in them. They’ll come down quickly, everyone with the weapon of their people. In that day, says the God of All Creation, I’ll take you, Zerubbabel, My worker, the son of Shealtiel,’ says Yahweh, ‘and will make you as a sign, for I have chosen you,’ says the God of All Creation.”

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