18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought(A) to the day when the foundation(B) of the Lord’s temple was laid. Give careful thought:

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“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation(A) of this temple; his hands will also complete it.(B) Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me(C) to you.

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This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong(A) so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets(B) said who were present when the foundation(C) was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty.

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