3 The filthy, 1 stained city is as good as dead;
the city filled with oppressors is finished! 2
2 She is disobedient; 3
she refuses correction. 4
She does not trust the Lord;
she does not seek the advice of 5 her God.
3 Her princes 6 are as fierce as roaring lions; 7
her rulers 8 are as hungry as wolves in the desert, 9
who completely devour their prey by morning. 10
4 Her prophets are proud; 11
they are deceitful men.
Her priests defile what is holy; 12
they break God’s laws. 13
5 The just Lord resides 14 within her;
he commits no unjust acts. 15
Every morning he reveals 16 his justice.
At dawn he appears without fail. 17
Yet the unjust know no shame.
6 “I destroyed 18 nations;
their walled cities 19 are in ruins.
I turned their streets into ruins;
no one passes through them.
Their cities are desolate; 20
no one lives there. 21
7 I thought, 22 ‘Certainly you will respect 23 me!
Now you will accept correction!’
If she had done so, her home 24 would not be destroyed 25
by all the punishments I have threatened. 26
But they eagerly sinned
in everything they did. 27
8 Therefore you must wait patiently 28 for me,” says the Lord,
“for the day when I attack and take plunder. 29
I have decided 30 to gather nations together
and assemble kingdoms,
so I can pour out my fury on them –
all my raging anger.
For 31 the whole earth will be consumed
by my fiery anger.
9 Know for sure that I will then enable
the nations to give me acceptable praise. 32
All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, 33
and will worship him in unison. 34
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, 35
those who pray to me 36 will bring me tribute.
11 In that day you 37 will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against me, 38
for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, 39
and you will never again be arrogant on my holy hill.
12 I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, 40
and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. 41
13 The Israelites who remain 42 will not act deceitfully.
They will not lie,
and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth.
Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep 43 and lie down;
no one will terrify them.”
14 Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! 44
Shout out, Israel!
Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has removed the judgment against you; 45
he has turned back your enemy.
Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst!
You no longer need to fear disaster.
16 On that day they will say 46 to Jerusalem,
“Don’t be afraid, Zion!
Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! 47
17 The Lord your God is in your midst;
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you; 48
he renews you by his love; 49
he shouts for joy over you.” 50
18 “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals –
I took them away from you;
they became tribute and were a source of shame to you. 51
19 Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you.
I will rescue the lame sheep 52
and gather together the scattered sheep.
I will take away their humiliation
and make the whole earth admire and respect them. 53
20 At that time I will lead you –
at the time I gather you together. 54
Be sure of this! 55 I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you 56
when you see me restore you,” 57 says the Lord.
1 On the first day of the sixth month 1 of King Darius’ 2 second year, the Lord spoke this message through the prophet Haggai 3 to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak: 4
2 The Lord who rules over all 5 says this: “These people have said, ‘The time for rebuilding the Lord’s temple has not yet come.’” 6 3 So the Lord spoke through the prophet Haggai as follows: 7 4 “Is it right for you to live in richly paneled houses 8 while my temple is in ruins? 9 5 Here then is what the Lord who rules over all says: ‘Think carefully about what you are doing. 10 6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but are never filled. You drink, but are still thirsty. You put on clothes, but are not warm. Those who earn wages end up with holes in their money bags.’” 11
7 “Moreover, the Lord who rules over all says: ‘Pay close attention to these things also. 12 8 Go up to the hill country and bring back timber to build 13 the temple. 14 Then I will be pleased and honored,’ 15 says the Lord. 9 ‘You expected a large harvest, but instead 16 there was little, and when you brought it home it disappeared right away. 17 Why?’ asks the Lord who rules over all. ‘Because my temple remains in ruins, thanks to each of you favoring his own house! 18 10 This is why the sky 19 has held back its dew and the earth its produce. 20 11 Moreover, I have called for a drought that will affect the fields, the hill country, the grain, new wine, fresh olive oil, and everything that grows from the ground; it also will harm people, animals, and everything they produce.’” 21
12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 22 along with the whole remnant of the people, 23 obeyed 24 the Lord their God. They responded favorably to the message of the prophet Haggai, who spoke just as the Lord their God had instructed him, 25 and the people began to respect the Lord. 26 13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s word to the people: 27 “I am with you!” says the Lord. 14 So the Lord energized and encouraged 28 Zerubbabel 29 son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 30 and the whole remnant of the people. 31 They came and worked on the temple of their God, the Lord who rules over all. 15 This took place on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month of King Darius’ second year. 32
2 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, 1 the Lord spoke again through the prophet Haggai: 2 2 “Ask the following questions to 3 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 4 and the remnant of the people: 3 ‘Who among you survivors saw the former splendor of this temple? 5 How does it look to you now? Isn’t it nothing by comparison? 4 Even so, take heart, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord. ‘Take heart, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and 6 all you citizens of the land,’ 7 says the Lord, ‘and begin to work. For I am with you,’ says the Lord who rules over all. 5 ‘Do not fear, because I made a promise to your ancestors when they left Egypt, and my spirit 8 even now testifies to you.’ 9 6 Moreover, the Lord who rules over all says: ‘In just a little while 10 I will once again shake the sky 11 and the earth, the sea and the dry ground. 7 I will also shake up all the nations, and they 12 will offer their treasures; 13 then I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord who rules over all. 8 ‘The silver and gold will be mine,’ says the Lord who rules over all. 9 ‘The future splendor of this temple will be greater than that of former times,’ 14 the Lord who rules over all declares, ‘and in this place I will give peace.’” 15
10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month of Darius’ second year, 16 the Lord spoke again to the prophet Haggai: 17 11 “The Lord who rules over all says, ‘Ask the priests about the law. 18 12 If someone carries holy meat in a fold of his garment and that fold touches bread, a boiled dish, wine, olive oil, or any other food, will that item become holy?’” 19 The priests answered, “It will not.” 13 Then Haggai asked, “If a person who is ritually unclean because of touching a dead body 20 comes in contact with one of these items, will it become unclean?” The priests answered, “It will be unclean.”
14 Then Haggai responded, “‘The people of this nation are unclean in my sight,’ 21 says the Lord. ‘And so is all their effort; everything they offer is also unclean. 22 15 Now therefore reflect carefully on the recent past, 23 before one stone was laid on another in the Lord’s temple. 24 16 From that time 25 when one came expecting a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten; when one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty measures from it, there were only twenty. 17 I struck all the products of your labor 26 with blight, disease, and hail, and yet you brought nothing to me,’ 27 says the Lord. 18 ‘Think carefully about the past: 28 from today, the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, 29 to the day work on the temple of the Lord was resumed, 30 think about it. 31 19 The seed is still in the storehouse, isn’t it? And the vine, fig tree, pomegranate, and olive tree have not produced. Nevertheless, from today on I will bless you.’”
20 Then the Lord spoke again to Haggai 32 on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 33 21 Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah: ‘I am ready 34 to shake the sky 35 and the earth. 22 I will overthrow royal thrones and shatter the might of earthly kingdoms. 36 I will overthrow chariots and those who ride them, and horses and their riders will fall as people kill one another. 37 23 On that day,’ 38 says the Lord who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ 39 says the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, 40 for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” 41