The Glory to Come
2:1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month,1 the Lord> spoke again through the prophet Haggai:2
2:2 “Ask the following questions to3 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak,4 and the remnant of the people:
2:3 ‘Who among you survivors saw the former splendor of this temple?5 How does it look to you now? Isn’t it nothing by comparison?
2:4 Even so, take heart, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord>. ‘Take heart, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and6 all you citizens of the land,’7 says the Lord>, ‘and begin to work. For I am with you,’ says the Lord> who rules over all.
2:5 ‘Do not fear, because I made a promise to your ancestors when they left Egypt, and my spirit8 even now testifies to you.’9
2:6 Moreover, the Lord> who rules over all says: ‘In just a little while10 I will once again shake the sky11 and the earth, the sea and the dry ground.
2:7 I will also shake up all the nations, and they12 will offer their treasures;13 then I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord> who rules over all.
2:8 ‘The silver and gold will be mine,’ says the Lord> who rules over all.
2:9 ‘The future splendor of this temple will be greater than that of former times,’14 the Lord> who rules over all declares, ‘and in this place I will give peace.’”15
The Promised Blessing
2:10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month of Darius’ second year,16 the Lord> spoke again to the prophet Haggai:17
2:11 “The Lord> who rules over all says, ‘Ask the priests about the law.18
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?’”19 The priests answered, “It will not.”
2:13 Then Haggai asked, “If a person who is ritually unclean because of touching a dead body20 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,’21 says the Lord>. ‘And so is all their effort; everything they offer is also unclean.22
2:15 Now therefore reflect carefully on the recent past,23 before one stone was laid on another in the Lord>’s temple.24
2:16 From that time25 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 labor26 with blight, disease, and hail, and yet you brought nothing to me,’27 says the Lord>.
2:18 ‘Think carefully about the past:28 from today, the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month,29 to the day work on the temple of the Lord> was resumed,30 think about it.31
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 Haggai32 on the twenty-fourth day of the month:33
2:21 Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah: ‘I am ready34 to shake the sky35 and the earth.
2:22 I will overthrow royal thrones and shatter the might of earthly kingdoms.36 I will overthrow chariots and those who ride them, and horses and their riders will fall as people kill one another.37
2:23 On that day,’38 says the Lord> who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’39 says the Lord>, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring,40 for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord> who rules over all.”41