The king should know that we went to the district of Judah, to the temple of the great God. The people are building it with large stones and placing the timbers in the walls. The work(A) is being carried on with diligence and is making rapid progress under their direction.

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“Speak to Zerubbabel(A) son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a](B) the high priest, and to the remnant(C) of the people. Ask them, ‘Who of you is left who saw this house(D) in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?(E) But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong,(F) Joshua son of Jozadak,(G) the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with(H) you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘This is what I covenanted(I) with you when you came out of Egypt.(J) And my Spirit(K) remains among you. Do not fear.’(L)

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Footnotes

  1. Haggai 2:2 Hebrew Jehozadak, a variant of Jozadak; also in verse 4

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