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15 And the work began on the twenty-fourth day of that same month.

The Glorious New Temple

1-2 On the twenty-first day of the next month,[a] the Lord told Haggai the prophet to speak this message to Governor Zerubbabel, High Priest Joshua, and everyone else:

Does anyone remember how glorious this temple used to be? Now it looks like nothing. But cheer up! Because I, the Lord All-Powerful, will be here to help you with the work, just as I promised your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt. Don’t worry. My Spirit is[b] right here with you.

Soon I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake the nations, and their treasures[c] will be brought here. Then the brightness of my glory will fill this temple. All silver and gold belong to me, and I promise that this new temple will be more glorious than the first one. I will also bless this city[d] with peace.

Footnotes

  1. 2.1,2 the next month: Tishri (also called Ethanim), the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, from about mid-September to mid-October (see the note at 1.1).
  2. 2.5 My Spirit is: Or “I am.”
  3. 2.7 their treasures: Hebrew “what they most desire.”
  4. 2.9 city: Or “temple.”