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  • Haggai 1:15-2:9

    15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king.

    Encouraging the people

    On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the Lord’s word came through Haggai the prophet: Say to Judah’s governor Zerubbabel, Shealtiel’s son, and to the chief priest Joshua, Jehozadak’s son, and to the rest of the people:

    Who among you is left who saw this house in its former glory?
    How does it look to you now?
        Doesn’t it appear as nothing to you?
    So now, be strong, Zerubbabel, says the Lord.
    Be strong, High Priest Joshua, Jehozadak’s son,
            and be strong, all you people of the land, says the Lord.
    Work, for I am with you, says the Lord of heavenly forces.
    As with our agreement when you came out of Egypt,
            my spirit stands in your midst.
    Don’t fear.
    This is what the Lord of heavenly forces says:
    In just a little while, I will make the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land quake.
    I will make all the nations quake.
            The wealth of all the nations will come.
    I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of heavenly forces.
    The silver and the gold belong to me, says the Lord of heavenly forces.
    This house will be more glorious than its predecessor, says the Lord of heavenly forces.
            I will provide prosperity in this place, says the Lord of heavenly forces.