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 seventh [month], in the twenty and first of the month, hath a word of Jehovah been by the hand of Haggai the prophet, saying: Haggai 2:2 'Speak, I pray thee, unto Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and unto Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest, and unto the remnant of the people, saying: Haggai 2:3 Who among you hath been left that saw this house in its former honour? And what are ye seeing it now? Is it not, compared with it, as nothing in your eyes? Haggai 2:4 And now, be strong, O Zerubbabel, An affirmation of Jehovah, And be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest, And be strong, all ye people of the land, An affirmation of Jehovah, And do ye(for I [am] with you, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts) Haggai 2:5 The thing that I covenanted with you, In your coming forth from Egypt, And My Spirit is remaining in your midst, fear not. Haggai 2:6 For thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Yet once moreit [is] a little, And I am shaking the heavens and the earth, And the sea, and the dry land, Haggai 2:7 And I have shaken all the nations, And they have come [to] the desire of all the nations, And I have filled this house [with] honour, Said Jehovah of Hosts. Haggai 2:8 Mine [is] the silver, and Mine the gold, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts. Haggai 2:9 Greater is the honour of this latter house, Than of the former, said Jehovah of Hosts, And in this place do I give peace, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts.'
In the type of holy things and unclean, he sheweth their sins hindered the work.
Haggai 2:10 On the twenty and fourth of the ninth [month], in the second year of Darius, hath a word of Jehovah been by the hand of Haggai the prophet, saying: Haggai 2:11 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: 'Ask, I pray thee, the priests [of] the law, saying: Haggai 2:12 Lo, one doth carry holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and he hath come with his skirt against the bread, or against the pottage, or against the wine, or against the oil, or against any foodis it holy?' And the priests answer and say, 'No.' Haggai 2:13 And Haggai saith, 'If the unclean of body doth come against any of these, is it unclean?' And the priests answer and say, 'It is unclean.' Haggai 2:14 And Haggai answereth and saith, 'So [is] this people, and so [is] this nation before Mean affirmation of Jehovahand so [is] every work of their hands, and that which they bring near thereit is unclean. Haggai 2:15 And now, lay [it], I pray you, to your heart, From this day, and onwards, Before the laying of stone to stone in the temple of Jehovah. Haggai 2:16 From that time [one] hath come to a heap of twenty, And it hath been ten, He hath come unto the wine-fat to draw out fifty purahs, And it hath been twenty. Haggai 2:17 I have smitten you with blasting, And with mildew, and with hailAll the work of your hands, And there is none of you with Me, An affirmation of Jehovah. Haggai 2:18 Set [it], I pray you, to your heart, from this day and onwards, from the twenty and fourth day of the ninth [month], even from the day that the temple of Jehovah hath been founded, set [it] to your heart. Haggai 2:19 Is the seed yet in the barn? And hitherto the vine and the fig, And the pomegranate, and the olive-tree, Have not bornefrom this day I bless.'
God's promise to Zerubbabel.
Haggai 2:20 And there is a word of Jehovah a second time unto Haggai, on the twenty and fourth of the month, saying: Haggai 2:21 'Speak unto Zerubbabel governor of Judah, saying: I am shaking the heavens and the earth, Haggai 2:22 And have overturned the throne of kingdoms, And I have destroyed the strength of kingdoms of the nations, And overturned chariot and its charioteers, And come down have horses and their riders, Each by the sword of his brother. Haggai 2:23 In that dayan affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, I take thee, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servantan affirmation of Jehovah, And have set thee as a signet, for on thee I have fixed, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts!