In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of Yahweh by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Yahshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, 2 In this manner speaks Yahweh of hosts, saying, This people say, It is not the time for us to come, the time for Yahweh’s house to be built. 3 Then came the word of Yahweh by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lies waste? 5 Now therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts: Consider your ways. 6 You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe, but there is no one warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes.
7 In this manner says Yahweh of hosts: Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says Yahweh. 9 You looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? says Yahweh of hosts. Because of my house that lies waste, while you run every man to his own house. 10 Therefore for your sake the heavens withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. 11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the grain, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground brings forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of the hands.
12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Yahshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of Yahweh their Elohim, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as Yahweh their Elohim had sent him; and the people did fear before Yahweh. 13 Then spoke Haggai Yahweh’s messenger in Yahweh’s message to the people, saying, I am with you, says Yahweh. 14 And Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Yahshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work on the house of Yahweh of hosts, their Elohim, 15 in the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.
In the seventh month, in the twenty-first day of the month, came the word of Yahweh by Haggai the prophet, saying, 2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Yahshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying, 3 Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes as nothing? 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, says Yahweh; and be strong, O Yahshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land, says Yahweh, and work: for I am with you, says Yahweh of hosts, 5 according to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, and my Spirit remained among you: fear not. 6 For thus says Yahweh of hosts: Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7 and I will shake all nations; and the precious things of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, says Yahweh of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says Yahweh of hosts. 9 The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says Yahweh of hosts; and in this place will I give peace, says Yahweh of hosts.
10 In the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of Yahweh by Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 In this manner says Yahweh of hosts: Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, 12 If one bears holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt touches bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any food, shall it become holy? And the priests answered and said, No. 13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by reason of a dead body touches any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 14 Then answered Haggai and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, says Yahweh; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean. 15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and backward, before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of Yahweh: 16 through all that time, when one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten; when one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty vessels, there were but twenty. 17 I struck you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the work of your hands; yet you turned not to me, says Yahweh. 18 Consider, I pray you, from this day and backward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, since the day that the foundation of Yahweh’s temple was laid, consider it. 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Yes, the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not brought forth; from this day will I bless you.
20 And the word of Yahweh came the second time to Haggai in the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, 21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; 22 and I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. 23 In that day, says Yahweh of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, says Yahweh, and will make you as a signet; for I have chosen you, says Yahweh of hosts.