In the seventh month, in the twenty and first of the
month, hath a word of Jehovah been by the hand of Haggai the prophet, saying:
'Speak, I pray thee, unto Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,
governor of Judah, and unto Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest, and unto
the remnant of the people, saying:
Who among you hath been left that saw this house in its
former honour? And what are ye seeing it now? Is it not, compared with it, as
nothing in your eyes?
And now, be strong, O Zerubbabel, An affirmation of Jehovah,
And be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest, And be strong, all
ye people of the land, An affirmation of Jehovah, And do ye -- (for I am
with you, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts) --
The thing that I covenanted with you, In your coming forth
from Egypt, And My Spirit is remaining in your midst, fear not.
For thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Yet once more -- it is
a little, And I am shaking the heavens and the earth, And the sea, and the dry
And I have shaken all the nations, And they have come to
the desire of all the nations, And I have filled this house with honour,
Said Jehovah of Hosts.
Mine is the silver, and Mine the gold, An affirmation
of Jehovah of Hosts.
Greater is the honour of this latter house, Than of the
former, said Jehovah of Hosts, And in this place do I give peace, An
affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts.'
On the twenty and fourth of the ninth month, in the
second year of Darius, hath a word of Jehovah been by the hand of Haggai the
Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: 'Ask, I pray thee, the priests of
the law, saying:
Lo, one doth carry holy flesh in the skirt of his garment,
and he hath come with his skirt against the bread, or against the pottage, or
against the wine, or against the oil, or against any food -- is it holy?' And
the priests answer and say, 'No.'
And Haggai saith, 'If the unclean of body doth come against
any of these, is it unclean?' And the priests answer and say, 'It is unclean.'
And Haggai answereth and saith, 'So is this people,
and so is this nation before Me -- an affirmation of Jehovah -- and so is
every work of their hands, and that which they bring near there -- it is
And now, lay it, I pray you, to your heart, From this
day, and onwards, Before the laying of stone to stone in the temple of Jehovah.
From that time one hath come to a heap of twenty, And
it hath been ten, He hath come unto the wine-fat to draw out fifty purahs, And
it hath been twenty.
I have smitten you with blasting, And with mildew, and with
hail -- All the work of your hands, And there is none of you with Me, An
affirmation of Jehovah.
Set it, I pray you, to your heart, from this day and
onwards, from the twenty and fourth day of the ninth month, even from
the day that the temple of Jehovah hath been founded, set it to your
Is the seed yet in the barn? And hitherto the vine and the
fig, And the pomegranate, and the olive-tree, Have not borne -- from this day I
And there is a word of Jehovah a second time unto Haggai, on
the twenty and fourth of the month, saying:
'Speak unto Zerubbabel governor of Judah, saying: I am
shaking the heavens and the earth,
And have overturned the throne of kingdoms, And I have
destroyed the strength of kingdoms of the nations, And overturned chariot and
its charioteers, And come down have horses and their riders, Each by the sword
of his brother.
In that day -- an affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, I take
thee, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant -- an affirmation of Jehovah,
And have set thee as a signet, for on thee I have fixed, An affirmation of
Jehovah of Hosts!