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Haggai 2 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the LORD came through Haggai the prophet:

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“Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people:

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Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you?[fn]

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Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel” — this is the LORD’s declaration. “Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land” — this is the LORD’s declaration. “Work! For I am with you” — the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.

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“This is the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt, and My Spirit is present among you; don’t be afraid.”

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For the LORD of Hosts says this: “Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.

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I will shake all the nations so that the treasures of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the LORD of Hosts.

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“The silver and gold belong to Me” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.

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“The final glory of this house[fn] will be greater than the first,” says the LORD of Hosts. “I will provide peace in this place” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.

  
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On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Haggai the prophet:

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“This is what the LORD of Hosts says: Ask the priests for a ruling.

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If a man is carrying consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and it touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any other food, does it become holy? ”

The priests answered, “No.”

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Then Haggai asked, “If someone defiled by contact with a corpse touches any of these, does it become defiled? ”

The priests answered, “It becomes defiled.”

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Then Haggai replied, “So is this people, and so is this nation before Me” — this is the LORD’s declaration. “And so is every work of their hands; even what they offer there is defiled.

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“Now, reflect back from this day: Before one stone was placed on another in the LORD’s temple,

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what state were you in?[fn] When someone came to a grain heap of 20 measures, it only amounted to 10; when one came to the winepress to dip 50 measures from the vat, it only amounted to 20.

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I struck you — all the work of your hands — with blight, mildew, and hail, but you didn’t turn to Me” — this is the LORD’s declaration.

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“Consider carefully from this day forward; from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid; consider it carefully.

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Is there still seed left in the granary? The vine, the fig, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yet produced. But from this day on I will bless you.”

  
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The word of the LORD came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month:

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“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth.

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I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overturn chariots and their riders. Horses and their riders will fall, each by his brother’s sword.

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On that day” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts — “I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, My servant” — this is the LORD’s declaration — “and make you like My signet ring, for I have chosen you.” This is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.

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