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 twentie and one day of the moneth, came the worde of the Lord by the ministerie of the prophete Haggeus, saying: Haggai 2:2 Say nowe to Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiel prince of Iuda, and to Iosua the sonne of Iosedech the hie priest, and to rest of the people, saying: Haggai 2:3 Who is among you left, whiche sawe this house in her first glorie, and howe do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it, as nothing? Haggai 2:4 Yet nowe be of good cheare O Zorobabel, sayth the Lord, and be of good comfort O Iosua thou hye priest sonne of Iosedech, and be strong all ye people of the lande, sayth the Lorde, and worke: for I am with you sayth the Lorde of hoastes, Haggai 2:5 According to the worde that I couenaunted with you, when ye came out of Egypt: and my spirite shall remayne with you, feare ye not. Haggai 2:6 For thus sayth the Lorde of hoastes Yet a litle whyle, and I will shake the heauens, and the earth, and the sea, and the drie lande: Haggai 2:7 And I will moue all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glorie, sayth the Lorde of hoastes. Haggai 2:8 The siluer is myne, and the golde is myne, sayth the Lorde of hoastes. Haggai 2:9 The glorie of the seconde house, shalbe greater then the glorie of the first, sayth the Lorde of hoastes: and in this place will I geue peace, sayth the Lorde of hoastes.
In the type of holy things and unclean, he sheweth their sins hindered the work.
Haggai 2:10 In the twentie and fourth day of the nynth moneth in the second yere of king Darius, came the word of the Lord vnto the prophete Haggeus, saying: Haggai 2:11 Thus sayth the Lord God of hoastes, Aske nowe ye priestes [concernyng] the lawe, saying: Haggai 2:12 If one beare holy fleshe in the skirt of his coate, & with his skirt do touche the bread, potage, wine, oyle, or any other meate, shall it be holy? And the priestes aunswered and sayde, No. Haggai 2:13 And Haggeus sayd: If a polluted person touche any of these, shall he not be polluted? And the priestes aunswered, and saide, He shalbe polluted. Haggai 2:14 Then Haggeus aunswered, and sayde: So is this people, and so is this nation before me sayth the Lord, and so is al the worke of their handes: & that which they offer there is vncleane. Haggai 2:15 And nowe consider I pray you in your mindes from this day, and vpward, before there was layed one stone vpon an other in the house of the Lorde, Haggai 2:16 Before these thinges [were done] when one came to a heape of twentie [measures] there were but ten: so who came to the wyne presse for to drawe out fiftie [vessels of wyne] out of the presse, there were but twentie. Haggai 2:17 I smote you with blasting, and with mildeawe, and with hayle, in all the worke of your handes, and you turned not vnto me, sayth the Lorde. Haggai 2:18 Consider nowe in your mindes from this day, and afore, from the foure and twentie day of the nynth [moneth,] vnto the day that the foundation of the lordes temple was layde, consider it in your mindes: Haggai 2:19 Is the seede yet in the barne? as yet the vines, and the figge tree, and the pomegranate, & 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 Lorde came vnto Haggei in the foure & twentie [day] of the moneth, saying: Haggai 2:21 Speake to Zorobabel the prince of Iuda, and say, I will shake the heauens and the earth: Haggai 2:22 And I will ouerthrow the throne of kingdomes, & I wil destroy the strength of the kingdomes of the heathen, and I will ouerthrowe the charettes and the sitters thereon, and the horse and the riders shall fall downe euery one by the sworde of his brother. Haggai 2:23 In that day, saith the Lord of hoastes, will I take thee Zorobabel my seruaunt sonne of Salathiel, sayth the Lord, & will make thee as a signet: for I haue chosen thee, sayth the Lorde of hoastes.