1 In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the Lord spoke by Haggai the prophet, saying, 2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, of the tribe of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, saying,
3 Who is there of you that saw this house in her former glory? and how do ye now look upon it, as it were nothing before your eyes? 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and strengthen thyself, O Joshua the high priest, the son of Jehozadak; and let all the people of the land strengthen themselves, saith the Lord, and work, for I am with you, saith the Lord Almighty; 5 and my Spirit remains in the midst of you; be of good courage.
6 For thus saith the Lord Almighty; Yet once I will shake the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7 and I will shake all nations, and the choice portions of all the nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord Almighty. 8 Mine is the silver, and mine the gold, saith the Lord Almighty. 9 For the glory of this house shall be great, the latter more than the former, saith the Lord Almighty: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord Almighty, even peace of soul for a possession to everyone that builds, to raise up this temple.
10 On the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 Thus saith the Lord Almighty; Inquire now of the priests concerning the law, saying, 12 If a man should take holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and the skirt of his garment should touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. 13 And Haggai said, If a defiled person who is unclean by reason of a dead body, touch any of these, shall it be defiled? And the priests answered and said, It shall be defiled. 14 And Haggai answered and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord; and so are all the works of their hands: and whosoever shall approach them, shall be defiled because of their early burdens: they shall be pained because of their toils; and ye have hated him that reproved in the gates. 15 And now consider, I pray you, from this day and beforetime, before they laid a stone on a stone in the temple of the Lord, what manner of men ye were. 16 When ye cast into the corn bin twenty measures of barley, and there were only ten measures of barley: and ye went to the vat to draw out fifty measures, and there were but twenty. 17 I smote you with barrenness, and with blasting, and all the works of your hands with hail; yet ye returned not to me, saith the Lord.
18 Set your hearts now to think from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day when the foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid; 19 consider in your hearts, whether this shall be known on the corn floor, and whether yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive trees that bear no fruit are with you: from this day will I bless you.
20 And the word of the Lord came the second time to Haggai the prophet, on the four and twentieth day of the month, saying, 21 Speak to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, of the tribe of Judah, saying,
I shake the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 22 and I will overthrow the thrones of kings, and I will destroy the power of the kings of the nations; and I will overthrow chariots and riders; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword striving against his brother. 23 In that day, saith the Lord Almighty, I will take thee, O Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, my servant, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a seal: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord Almighty.