He encourageth the people to the work, by promise of greater glory to the second Temple than was in the first.
Haggai 2:1 the .xxi. daye of þe seueth moneth, came þe worde of þe Lord by the prophete Aggeus, sayenge: Haggai 2:2 speake to Zorobabel the sonne of Salathiel prince of Iuda, & to Iesua the sonne of Iosedech the hye preste, & to the resydue of þe people, and saye. Haggai 2:3 Who is left among you, þt sawe thys house in her fyrst bewtye? But what thyncke ye now by it? Is it not in youre eyes, euen as though it were nothinge? Haggai 2:4 Neuerthelesse, be of good chere, O Zorobabel (sayeth the Lord) be of good comforte, O Iesua þu sonne of Iosedech hye preste: take good hertes vnto you also all ye people of the lande, sayeth the Lorde of hoostes, Haggai 2:5 & do accordynge to the worde (for I am with you, sayth þe Lord of hostes) lyke as I agreed with you, when ye came out of þe lande of Egypt: & my sprete shalbe amonge you, feare, ye not. Haggai 2:6 For thus sayeth the Lord of hostes: yet once more wil I shake heauen and earth, the see, and þe drye land, Haggai 2:7 yee, I wyll moue all Heathen, & the conforte of all Heathen shall come, & so wyll I fyll thys house wyth honoure, sayeth þe Lorde of hostes. Haggai 2:8 The syluer is myne, & the golde is myne, sayeth the Lord of hoostes. Haggai 2:9 Thus the glory of the last house shalbe greater then þe fyrst, sayth the Lord of hostes: & in thys place wyll I geue peace, sayeth the Lorde of hostes.
In the type of holy things and unclean, he sheweth their sins hindered the work.
Haggai 2:10 The .xxiiii. daye of the nynth moneth in the seconde yeare of kynge Darius, came the worde of þe Lorde vnto þe prophete Aggeus, sayenge. Haggai 2:11 Thus sayeth þe Lorde God of hoostes. Aske the prestes concernynge the lawe, and saye: Haggai 2:12 yf one beare holy flesh in hys cote lappe, & with his lappe do touch the bred potage, wyne, oyle, or eny other meate: shal he be holy also? The prestes answered and sayde: No. Haggai 2:13 Then sayd Aggeus: Now yf one beyng defyled wt a deed carcase, touch eny of these: shall it also be vnclene? Haggai 2:14 The prestes gaue answere, & sayde: yee, it shalbe vncleane. Then Aggeus answered & sayde: euen so is thys people & thys nacyon before me, sayeth þe Lord: & so are all the worckes of theyr handes, yee, and all that they offre, is vncleane. Haggai 2:15 And now (I praye you) consydre from this daye forth, & how it hath gone wt you afore or euer there was layed one stone vpon another in þe temple of þe Lord: Haggai 2:16 þt when ye came to a corne heape of .xx. bushels, there were scarce ten: & that when ye came to the wyne presse for to powre out .l. pottes of wyne, there were scarce .xx. Haggai 2:17 For I smote you wt heate, blastyng & hayle stones in all the labours of youre handes: yet was there none of you, þt wolde turne vnto me, sayeth þe Lord. Haggai 2:18 Consydre then from this daye forth & afore: namely, from the .xxiiii. daye of the nynth moneth, vnto the daye that the foundacyon of the Lordes temple was layed: marck it well, Haggai 2:19 is not þe sede yet in the barne? haue not the vynes, the fyggetrees, the pomgranates, and olyue trees bene yet vnfrutefull? but from thys daye forth, I shal make them to prospere.
God's promise to Zerubbabel.
Haggai 2:20 Moreouer, the .xxiiii. daye of the moneth came the worde of the Lorde vnto Aggeus agayne, sayenge: Haggai 2:21 Speake to Zorobabell the prynce of Iuda, & saye: I wyll shake both heauen & earth, Haggai 2:22 and ouerthrowe þe seate of the kyngdomes, yee, & destroye the myghty kyngdome of the Heathen. I wyll ouerthrowe the charrettes, & those that syt vpon them, so that both horse and man shall fall downe, euery man thorow his neyghbours swerde. Haggai 2:23 And as for the, O Zorobabel (sayth the Lorde of hoostes) thou sonne of Salathiel my seruaunt: I wyll take the (sayeth the Lorde) at the same tyme, and make the as a seale, for I haue chosen the, sayeth the Lorde of hostes.