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Haggai 2

The Builders Encouraged

1On the twenty-first day of the [a]seventh month (Oct 17, 520 b.c., the second year of Darius king of Persia), the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying, “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying, ‘Who is left among you who saw this [b]house (temple) in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem to you like nothing in comparison? But now be courageous, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord, ‘be courageous also, Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and be courageous, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘As for the promise which I made with you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit stands [firm and immovable] and continues with you; do not fear!’ For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the desirable and precious things of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory and splendor,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘The latter [c]glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and in this place I shall give [the ultimate] peace and prosperity,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”

10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month (Dec 18, 520 b.c.), in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet, saying, 11 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Ask the priests for a ruling: 12 If a man carries meat that is holy [because it has been offered in sacrifice to God] in the fold of his garment, and he touches bread, or cooked food, or wine, or oil, or any [kind of] food with this fold, does what he touches become holy [dedicated exclusively to God’s service]?’” And the priests answered, “No!” [[d]Holiness is not transferrable.] 13 Then Haggai said, “If one who is [ceremonially] unclean because of [contact with] a corpse touches any of these [articles of food], will it be unclean?” And the priests answered, “It will be unclean.” [Ceremonial uncleanness, like sin, is infectious.] 14 Then Haggai answered, “‘So is this people. And so is this nation before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and so is every work of their hands; and what they offer there [on the altar] is unclean [because they who offer it are unclean]. 15 But now, do consider [what will happen] from this day forward: before one stone was placed on another in the temple of the Lord, 16 from that time when one came to a grain heap expecting twenty measures, there would be only ten; and when one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty measures, there would be only twenty. 17 I struck you and the work of your hands with scorching wind, mildew, and hail; yet you did not come back to Me,’ declares the Lord. 18 ‘Do consider from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month; from the day when the temple of the Lord was founded, consider: 19 Is the seed still in the barn? As to the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree—they have not produced. Yet from this day on I will bless you [in the harvest of your crops].’”

20 And again the word of the Lord came to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month (Dec 18, 520 b.c.), saying, 21 “Speak to [e]Zerubbabel governor of Judah, saying, ‘I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. 22 I will [in the distant future] overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the [ungodly] nations; and I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them, and the horses and their riders will go down, every one by the sword of his brother [annihilating one another]. 23 On that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, My servant,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you [through the Messiah, your descendant] like a [f]signet ring, for I have chosen you [as the one with whom to renew My covenant to David’s line],’” declares the Lord of hosts.

Notas al pie

  1. Haggai 2:1 During the seventh month three major feast days were celebrated: Feast of Trumpets on the first day, the Day of Atonement on the tenth day, and the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles) on the fifteenth day (Lev 23:23-36).
  2. Haggai 2:3 Solomon’s temple had been destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 b.c., some sixty-six years previously.
  3. Haggai 2:9 I.e. at the Second Coming of Christ.
  4. Haggai 2:12 The meat is holy of itself and renders the fold of the garment holy by contact, but the garment cannot transfer holiness. The same is not true of a person who has contracted defilement by contact (v 13), so it is easier to be defiled than to be holy.
  5. Haggai 2:21 Zerubbabel serves as the representative of the Davidic monarchy and covenant and in direct line of the ancestry of Jesus Christ.
  6. Haggai 2:23 The authoritative seal signifying the fulfillment of the Messianic promises.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哈該書 2

對新殿的應許

1七月二十一日,耶和華對先知哈該說: 「你去告訴撒拉鐵的兒子猶大省長所羅巴伯、約撒答的兒子大祭司約書亞和所有的餘民, 『你們當中有誰見過這殿昔日的榮耀呢?現在你們看這殿如何?看上去豈不是一文不值嗎? 所羅巴伯啊,你要剛強,這是耶和華說的。約撒答的兒子大祭司約書亞啊,你要剛強;這地方的所有百姓啊,你們要剛強。這是耶和華說的。你們要動工,因為我與你們同在。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。 這是你們離開埃及時我對你們的應許。不要懼怕,我的靈仍住在你們當中。

「『萬軍之耶和華說,不久,我要再次震動天、地、海洋和旱地。 萬軍之耶和華說,我要震動萬國,萬國的珍寶都要送到這殿,我要使這殿充滿榮耀。 萬軍之耶和華說,金子是我的,銀子也是我的。 萬軍之耶和華說,我要使這殿比從前更加榮耀。萬軍之耶和華說,我要在這地方賜下平安。』」

指出百姓的罪

10 大流士王執政第二年九月二十四日,耶和華對先知哈該說: 11 「萬軍之耶和華說,『你去問祭司, 12 如果有人用衣服兜著祭肉,而衣服碰到餅、湯、酒、油或其他食物,這些被衣服碰到的食物會成為聖潔之物嗎?』」祭司們答道:「不會。」 13 哈該又說:「如果因碰過屍體而變得不潔淨的人接觸這些食物,這些食物會變得不潔淨嗎?」祭司答道:「會變得不潔淨。」 14 於是哈該說:「耶和華說,『這百姓和這國家在我面前也是如此。他們手中的各樣工作和他們在那裡所獻的都不潔淨。』

耶和華應許賜福

15 「『從今以後,你們要回想重建耶和華殿之前的光景。 16 那時,有人盼望得到二十斗穀物,卻只有十斗。有人盼望得到五十桶酒,榨酒池中卻只有二十桶。 17 我曾用蟲災、黴災和冰雹毀滅你們的作物,你們仍沒有歸向我。這是耶和華說的。 18 九月二十四日是我的殿奠定根基的日子。你們要思想這個日子,要認真思想。 19 雖然糧倉裡沒有種子,葡萄樹、無花果樹、石榴樹和橄欖樹沒結果子,但從今以後,我要賜福給你們。』」

揀選所羅巴伯

20 同一天,耶和華第二次對哈該說: 21 「你告訴猶大省長所羅巴伯,『我必震動天地, 22 推翻君王的寶座,消滅列國的勢力,掀翻他們的戰車和駕車的人,使戰馬跌倒、騎士自相殘殺。 23 萬軍之耶和華說,我的僕人撒拉鐵的兒子所羅巴伯啊,到那日,我必使你像我蓋印的戒指,因為我揀選了你。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。』」