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The Book of the Prophet Aggeus
(Haggai)

(“festive”... The first Prophet to prophecy after the captivity)


The 1st Chapter
     In the second year of king Darius, in the sixth month, the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord (by the Prophet Aggeus) unto Zorobabel the son of Salathiel the prince of Judah, and to Jesua the son of Josedech the high priest, saying: Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, and says: This people does say: The time is not yet come to build up the Lords house. Then spoke the Lord by the Prophet Aggeus, and said: you yourselves can find time to dwell in *siled houses, and shall this house lay waste? Consider now your own ways in your hearts (says the Lord of hosts) you sow much, but you bring little in: you eat, but you have not enough: you drink, but you are not filled: you deck yourselves, but you are not warm: and he that earns any wage, puts it in a broken purse. * The horizontal member that bears the upright portion of a frame, especially the horizontal member that forms the base of a window.
     Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your own ways in your hearts, get you up to the mountain, fetch wood, and build up the house: that it may be acceptable unto me, and that I my show my honor, says the Lord. you looked for much, and lo it is come to little: and though you bring it home, yet do I blow it away. And why so, says the Lord of hosts? Even because that my house lays so waste, and you run every man unto his own house. Wherefore the heaven is forbidden to give you any dew, and the earth is forbidden to give you increase. I have called for a drought, both upon the land and upon the mountains, upon corn, upon wine, upon oil, upon everything that the ground brings forth, upon men and upon cattle, yes and upon all handy labor.
     Now when Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, and Jesua the son of Josedech the high priest with the remnant of the people, heard the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of the Prophet Aggeus (like as the Lord their God had sent him) the people did fear the Lord. Then Aggeus the Lords angel said in the Lords message to the people: I am with you, says the Lord. So the Lord *waked up the spirit of Zorobabel the Prince of Juda, and the spirit of Jesua the son of Josedech the high priest, and the spirit of the remnant of the people: that they came and labored, in the house of the Lord of hosts their God. *To wake up the spirit in a man is, when God by his spirit comforts and makes bold the heart, to take upon him without fear any act or deed of great importance. MN

The 2nd Chapter
     Upon the twenty fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of king Darius, the twenty first day of the seventh month, came the word of the Lord by the Prophet Aggeus, saying: speak to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel prince of Juda, and to Jesua the son of Josedech the high priest, and to the residue of the people, and say: Who is left among you, that saw this house in her first beauty? But what think you now by it? Is it not in your eyes, even as though it were nothing? Nevertheless be of good cheer O Zorobabel (says the Lord) be of good comfort, O Jesua you son of Josedech high priest: take good hearts unto you also, all you people of the land, says the Lord of hosts and do according to the word (for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts) like as I agreed with you, when you came out of the land of Egypt: and my spirit shall be among you, fear you not.
     For thus says the Lord of hosts: yet once more will I shake heaven and earth, the sea, and the dry land yes I will move all Heathen, and the comfort of all Heathen shall come, and so I will fill this house with honor, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts. Thus the glory of the last house shall be greater than the first, says the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, says the Lord of hosts.
     The twenty fourth day of the ninth month in the second year of king
Darius, came the word of the Lord unto the Prophet Aggeus, saying: Ask the priests concerning the law, and say: if one bear holy flesh in his coat lape, and with his lappe do touch the bread, potage, wine, oil or any other meat: shall he be holy also? The priests answered and said: No. Then said Aggeus: Now if one being defiled with a dead carcass, touch any of these: shall it also be unclean? The Priests gave answer and said: yes, it shall be unclean. Then Aggeus answered and said: even so is this people and this nation before me, says the Lord: and so are all the works of their hands, yes and all that they offer is unclean.
     And now (I pray you) consider from this day forth, and how it has gone with you before: or ever there was layed one stone upon another in the temple of the Lord: that when you came to a corn heap of twenty bushels, there were scarce ten: and that when you came to the wine press for to pour out fifty pots of wine, there were scarce twenty. For I smote you with heat, blasting and hailstones in all the labors of your hands: yet was there none of you, that would turn unto me, says the Lord. Consider then from this day forth and before, namely, from the twenty fourth day of the ninth month, unto the day that the foundation of the Lords temple was layed: mark it well, is not the seed yet in the barn? have not the vines, the fig trees, the pomegranates and the olive trees been unfruitful? but from this day forth, I shall make them to prosper.
     Moreover the twenty fourth day of the month came the word of the Lord unto Aggeus again saying: Speak to Zorobabel the prince of Juda, and say: I will shake both heaven and earth, and over through the seat of the kingdoms, yes and destroy the mighty kingdom of the Heathen. I will overthrow the chariots, and those that sit upon then, so that both horse and man shall fall down, every man through his neighbors sword. And as for you, O Zorobabel (says the Lord of hosts) tho son of Salathiel my servant: I will take you (says the Lord) at the same time, and make you as a seal, for I have chosen the, says the Lord of hosts.

The end of the Prophecy of Aggeus


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