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Aggeus Chapter 2
Christ by his coming shall make the latter temple more glorious than the
former. The blessing of God shall reward their labour in building. God's
promise to Zorobabel.
2:1. In the four and twentieth day of the month, in the sixth month, in
the second year of Darius the king, they began.
2:2. And in the seventh month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of
Aggeus the prophet, saying:
2:3. Speak to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel the governor of Juda, and
to Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, and to the rest of the
2:4. Who is left among you, that saw this house in its first glory? and
how do you see it now? is it not in comparison to that as nothing in
2:5. Yet now take courage, O Zorobabel, saith the Lord, and take
courage, Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, and take courage, all
ye people of the land, saith the Lord of hosts: and perform (for I am
with you, saith the Lord of hosts)
2:6. The word that I convenanted with you when you came out of the land
of Egypt: and my spirit shall be in the midst of you: fear not.
2:7. For thus saith the Lord of hosts: Yet one little while, and I will
move the heaven and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.
2:8. And I will move all nations: AND THE DESIRED OF ALL NATIONS SHALL
COME: and I will fill this house with glory: saith the Lord of hosts.
2:9. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
2:10. Great shall be the glory of this last house more than of the
first, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place I will give peace,
saith the Lord of hosts.
2:11. In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second
year of Darius the king, the word of the Lord came to Aggeus the
2:12. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Ask the priests the law, saying:
2:13. If a man carry sanctified flesh in the skirt of his garment, and
touch with his skirt, bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat:
shall it be sanctified? And the priests answered, and said: No.
2:14. And Aggeus said: If one that is unclean by occasion of a soul
touch any of all these things, shall it be defiled? And the priests
answered, and said: It shall be defiled.
By occasion of a soul... That is, by having touched the dead; in which
case, according to the prescription of the law, Num. 19.13, 22, a person
not only became unclean himself, but made every thing that he touched
unclean. The prophet applies all this to the people, whose souls
remained unclean by neglecting the temple of God; and therefore were not
sanctified by the flesh they offered in sacrifice: but rather defiled
their sacrifices by approaching to them in the state of uncleanness.
2:15. And Aggeus answered, and said: So is this people, and so is this
nation before my face, saith the Lord, and so is all the work of their
hands: and all that they have offered there, shall be defiled.
2:16. And now consider in your hearts, from this day and upward, before
there was a stone laid upon a stone in the temple of the Lord.
2:17. When you went to a heap of twenty bushels, and they became ten:
and you went into the press, to press out fifty vessels, and they became
2:18. I struck you with a blasting wind, and all the works of your hand
with the mildew and with hail, yet there was none among you that
returned to me, saith the Lord.
2:19. Set your hearts from this day, and henceforward, from the four and
twentieth day of the ninth month: from the day that the foundations of
the temple of the Lord were laid, and lay it up in your hearts.
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