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
1 In the eighth month of Darius’ 1 second year, 2 the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, 3 son of Berechiah son of Iddo, as follows:
2 The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. 4 3 Therefore say to the people: 5 The Lord who rules over all 6 says, “Turn 7 to me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “and I will turn to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. 4 “Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets called out, saying, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “Turn now from your evil wickedness,”’ but they would by no means obey me,” says the Lord. 5 “As for your ancestors, where are they? And did the prophets live forever? 6 But have my words and statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, not outlived your fathers? 8 Then they paid attention 9 and confessed, ‘The Lord who rules over all has indeed done what he said he would do to us, because of our sinful ways.’”
7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month Shebat, in Darius’ second year, 10 the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berechiah son of Iddo, as follows:
8 I was attentive that night and saw a man seated 11 on a red horse that stood among some myrtle trees 12 in the ravine. Behind him were red, sorrel, 13 and white horses.
9 Then I asked one nearby, “What are these, sir?” The angelic messenger 14 who replied to me said, “I will show you what these are.” 10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees spoke up and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to walk about 15 on the earth.” 11 The riders then agreed with the angel of the Lord, 16 who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have been walking about on the earth, and now everything is at rest and quiet.” 12 The angel of the Lord then asked, “Lord who rules over all, 17 how long before you have compassion on Jerusalem 18 and the other cities of Judah which you have been so angry with for these seventy years?” 19 13 The Lord then addressed good, comforting words to the angelic messenger who was speaking to me. 14 Turning to me, the messenger then said, “Cry out that the Lord who rules over all says, ‘I am very much moved 20 for Jerusalem and for Zion. 15 But I am greatly displeased with the nations that take my grace for granted. 21 I was a little displeased with them, but they have only made things worse for themselves.
16 “‘Therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘I have become compassionate 22 toward Jerusalem 23 and will rebuild my temple 24 in it,’ says the Lord who rules over all. ‘Once more a surveyor’s measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.’ 17 Speak up again with the message of the Lord who rules over all: ‘My cities will once more overflow with prosperity, and once more the Lord will comfort Zion and validate his choice of Jerusalem.’”
18 25 Once again I looked and this time I saw four horns. 19 So I asked the angelic messenger 26 who spoke with me, “What are these?” He replied, “These are the horns 27 that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 28 20 Next the Lord showed me four blacksmiths. 29 21 I asked, “What are these going to do?” He answered, “These horns are the ones that have scattered Judah so that there is no one to be seen. 30 But the blacksmiths have come to terrify Judah’s enemies 31 and cut off the horns of the nations that have thrust themselves against the land of Judah in order to scatter its people.” 32
2 I looked again, and there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2 I asked, “Where are you going?” He replied, “To measure Jerusalem 1 in order to determine its width and its length.” 3 At this point the angelic messenger 2 who spoke to me went out, and another messenger came to meet him 4 and said to him, “Hurry, speak to this young man 3 as follows: ‘Jerusalem will no longer be enclosed by walls 4 because of the multitude of people and animals there. 5 But I (the Lord says) will be a wall of fire surrounding Jerusalem 5 and the source of glory in her midst.’”
6 “You there! 6 Flee from the northland!” says the Lord, “for like the four winds of heaven 7 I have scattered you,” says the Lord. 7 “Escape, Zion, you who live among the Babylonians!” 8 8 For the Lord who rules over all says to me that for his own glory 9 he has sent me to the nations that plundered you – for anyone who touches you touches the pupil 10 of his 11 eye. 9 “I am about to punish them 12 in such a way,” he says, “that they will be looted by their own slaves.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me.
10 “Sing out and be happy, Zion my daughter! 13 For look, I have come; I will settle in your midst,” says the Lord. 11 “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, 14 and they will also be my 15 people. Indeed, I will settle in the midst of you all.” Then you will know that the Lord who rules over all has sent me to you. 12 The Lord will take possession of 16 Judah as his portion in the holy land and he will choose Jerusalem once again. 13 Be silent in the Lord’s presence, all people everywhere, 17 for he is being moved to action in his holy dwelling place. 18