10 On the twenty-fourth of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet, saying,11 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Ask now the priests for a [a]ruling:12 If a man carries holy meat in the [b]fold of his garment, and touches bread with [c]this fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?’” And the priests answered, “No.”13 Then Haggai said, “If one who is unclean from a [d]corpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?” And the priests answered, “It will become unclean.”14 Then Haggai said, “‘So is this people. And so is this nation before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there is unclean.15 But now, do [e]consider from this day [f]onward: before one stone was placed on another in the temple of the Lord,16 [g]from that time when one came to a grain heap of twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the wine vat to draw fifty [h]measures, there would be only twenty.17 I smote you and every work of your hands with blasting wind, mildew and hail; [i]yet you did not come back to Me,’ declares the Lord.18 ‘Do [j]consider from this day [k]onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month; from the day when the temple of the Lord was founded, [l]consider:19 Is the seed still in the barn? Even including the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree, it has not borne fruit. Yet from this day on I will bless you.’”
20 Then the word of the Lord came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying,21 “Speak to Zerubbabel governor of Judah, saying, ‘I am going to shake the heavens and the earth.22 I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the [m]nations; and I will overthrow the chariots and their riders, and the horses and their riders will go down, everyone by the sword of another.’23 ‘On that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a [n]signet ring, for I have chosen you,’” declares the Lord of hosts.
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