He encourageth the people to the work, by promise of greater glory to the second Temple than was in the first.
Haggai 2:1 In the seuenth moneth, in the one and twentith [day] of the moneth, came the word of the LORD by the Prophet Haggai, saying; Haggai 2:2 Speake now to Zerubbabel the sonne of Shealtiel, gouernour of Iudah, and to Iosuah the sonne of Iosedech the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Haggai 2:3 Who is left among you that sawe this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? [Is it] not in your eyes in comparison of it, as nothing? Haggai 2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD, and bee strong, O Ioshua, sonne of Iosedech the high Priest, and be strong all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and worke: (for I [am] with you, saith the LORD of hosts,) Haggai 2:5 [According to] the word that I couenanted with you, when ye came out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you, Feare ye not. Haggai 2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, Yet once, it [is] a litle while, and I will shake the heauens, and the earth, and the sea, and the drie land. Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:8 The siluer [is] mine, and the gold [is] mine, saith the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:9 The glory of this latter house shal be greater then of the former, saith the LORD of hostes: and in this place will I giue peace, saith the LORD of hostes.
In the type of holy things and unclean, he sheweth their sins hindered the work.
Haggai 2:10 In the foure and twentieth [day] of the ninth [moneth], in the second yeere of Darius, came ye word of the LORD by Haggai the Prophet, saying, Haggai 2:11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Aske now the priests [concerning] the law, saying, Haggai 2:12 If one beare holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt doe touch bread or pottage, or wine, or oile, or any meate, shall it be holy? and the priests answered and said, No. Haggai 2:13 Then said Haggai, If one that is vncleane by a dead body, touch any of these, shal it be vncleane? and the priests answered and said, It shalbe vncleane. Haggai 2:14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So [is] this people, and so [is] this nation before me, saith the LORD, and so [is] euery worke of their hands, and that which they offer there, is vncleane. Haggai 2:15 And now I pray you consider from this day and vpward, from before a stone was laid vpon a stone in the Temple of the LORD. Haggai 2:16 Since those [dayes] were, when one came to an heape of twentie [measures], there were but ten: when one came to the presse-fatte for to draw out fiftie [vessels] out of the presse, there were but twentie. Haggai 2:17 I smote you with blasting, and with mildew, and with haile in all the labours of your hands: yet yee [turned] not to me, saith the LORD. Haggai 2:18 Consider now from this day, and vpward from the foure and twentieth day of the ninth [moneth, euen] from the day that the foundatio of the LORDS Temple was laid, consider it. Haggai 2:19 [Is] the seed yet in the barne? yea, as yet the vine and the fig tree, & the pomegranate, and the Oliue tree hath not brought foorth: from this day will I blesse [you].
God's promise to Zerubbabel.
Haggai 2:20 And againe the worde of the LORD came vnto Haggai in the foure and twentieth [day] of the moneth, saying, Haggai 2:21 Speake to Zerubbabel gouernor of Iudah, saying, I wil shake the heauens and the earth. Haggai 2:22 And I will ouerthrow the throne of kingdomes, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdomes of the heathen, and I will ouerthrow the charets, and those that ride in them, and the horses and their riders shall come downe, euery one by the sword of his brother. Haggai 2:23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my seruant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I haue chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.