Haggai 2

 

בַּשְּׁבִיעִי בְּעֶשְׂרִים וְאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ הָיָה דְּבַר־יְהוָה בְּיַד־חַגַּי הַנָּבִיא לֵאמֹר׃   2:1

Hagg. 2:1   In the seventh month, in the twenty-first, the word of the Lord occurred by the hand of Haggai, the prophet, saying,

אֱמָר־נָא אֶל־זְרֻבָּבֶל בֶּן־שַׁלְתִּיאֵל פַּחַת יְהוּדָה וְאֶל־יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן־יְהוֹצָדָק הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל וְאֶל־שְׁאֵרִית   2:2    הָעָם לֵאמֹר׃

Hagg. 2:2   Speak now to Zarubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people saying,

מִי בָכֶם הַנִּשְׁאָר אֲשֶׁר רָאָה אֶת־הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה בִּכְבוֹדוֹ הָרִאשׁוֹן וּמָה אַתֶּם רֹאִים אֹתוֹ עַתָּה הֲלוֹא   2:3     כָמֹהוּ כְּאַיִן בְּעֵינֵיכֶם׃

Hagg. 2:3   “Who among you remains who had seen this house in its former glory?  And how are you seeing it now?  Is not the likes of it as nothing in your eyes?”

וְעַתָּה חֲזַק זְרֻבָּבֶל נְאֻם־יְהוָה וַחֲזַק יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בֶּן־יְהוֹצָדָק הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל וַחֲזַק כָּל־עַם הָאָרֶץ נְאֻם־יְהוָה   2:4 וַעֲשׂוּ כִּי־אֲנִי אִתְּכֶם נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃

Hagg. 2:4   “Then now be strong, Zarubbabel,” declares the Lord. ”And be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and be strong, all you people of the land,” declares the Lord, “and accomplish  (“for I shall be with you,” declares the Lord of hosts)

אֶת־הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר־כָּרַתִּי אִתְּכֶם בְּצֵאתְכֶם מִמִּצְרַיִם וְרוּחִי עֹמֶדֶת בְּתוֹכְכֶם אַל־תִּירָאוּ׃   2:5

Hagg. 2:5   the word that I covenanted with you on your exodus from Egypt, and My spirit will be remaining in your midst; you need not fear.”

כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת עוֹד אַחַת מְעַט הִיא וַאֲנִי מַרְעִישׁ אֶת־הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְאֶת־הַיָּם   2:6      וְאֶת־הֶחָרָבָה׃

Hagg. 2:6   For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Yet, shortly it shall be one time when I will be shaking heaven and earth, and the sea and the dry land,

וְהִרְעַשְׁתִּי אֶת־כָּל־הַגּוֹיִם וּבָאוּ חֶמְדַּת כָּל־הַגּוֹיִם וּמִלֵּאתִי אֶת־הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה כָּבוֹד אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃   2:7

Hagg. 2:7   and I will make all the nations quake, and precious things of all the nations shall come, and I shall make this house full of glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.

לִי הַכֶּסֶף וְלִי הַזָּהָב נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃   2:8

Hagg. 2:8   “The silver shall be for Me, and for Me the gold,” declares the Lord of hosts.

גָּדוֹל יִהְיֶה כְּבוֹד הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה הָאַחֲרוֹן מִן־הָרִאשׁוֹן אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת וּבַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה אֶתֵּן שָׁלוֹם נְאֻם   2:9 יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃

Hagg. 2:9   “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts. “and in this place I shall bestow peace,” declares the Lord of hosts.

בְּעֶשְׂרִים וְאַרְבָּעָה לַתְּשִׁיעִי בִּשְׁנַת שְׁתַּיִם לְדָרְיָוֶשׁ הָיָה דְּבַר־יְהוָה אֶל־חַגַּי הַנָּבִיא לֵאמֹר׃   2:10

Hagg. 2:10   In the ninth's twenty-fourth in the second year for Darius the word of the Lord occurred by the hand of Haggai, the prophet, saying,

כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת שְׁאַל־נָא אֶת־הַכֹּהֲנִים תּוֹרָה לֵאמֹר׃   2:11

Hagg. 2:11   Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Now ask the priests the Torah saying,

הֵן יִשָּׂא־אִישׁ בְּשַׂר־קֹדֶשׁ בִּכְנַף בִּגְדוֹ וְנָגַע בִּכְנָפוֹ אֶל־הַלֶּחֶם וְאֶל־הַנָּזִיד וְאֶל־הַיַּיִן וְאֶל־שֶׁמֶן   2:12           וְאֶל־כָּל־מַאֲכָל הֲיִקְדָּשׁ וַיַּעֲנוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹא׃

Hagg. 2:12   ‘If one should carry holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and he should touch by his skirt to the bread, or to the boiled bread, or to the wine, or to oil, or any food, would it become holy?’”  And the priests answered and said, “No.”

וַיֹּאמֶר חַגַּי אִם־יִגַּע טְמֵא־נֶפֶשׁ בְּכָל־אֵלֶּה הֲיִטְמָא וַיַּעֲנוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים וַיֹּאמְרוּ יִטְמָא׃   2:13

Hagg. 2:13   Then said Haggai, “If one were to touch an unclean creature with any of these, would it become unclean?” And the priests answered and said, “It would become unclean.”

וַיַּעַן חַגַּי וַיֹּאמֶר כֵּן הָעָם־הַזֶּה וְכֵן־הַגּוֹי הַזֶּה לְפָנַי נְאֻם־יְהוָה וְכֵן כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵיהֶם וַאֲשֶׁר יַקְרִיבוּ   2:14    שָׁם טָמֵא הוּא׃

Hagg. 2:14   Then Haggai answered and said, “So thus is this people and this nation before Me,” declares the Lord, “and so is every work of their hands, and whatever they would present there, it would be unclean.”

וְעַתָּה שִׂימוּ־נָא לְבַבְכֶם מִן־הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה וָמָעְלָה מִטֶּרֶם שׂוּם־אֶבֶן אֶל־אֶבֶן בְּהֵיכַל יְהוָה׃   2:15

Hagg. 2:15   “Then now I pray you, direct your mind from this day and backward:  From before stone was set to stone in the house of the Lord;

מִהְיוֹתָם בָּא אֶל־עֲרֵמַת עֶשְׂרִים וְהָיְתָה עֲשָׂרָה בָּא אֶל־הַיֶּקֶב לַחְשֹׂף חֲמִשִּׁים פּוּרָה וְהָיְתָה   2:16         

 עֶשְׂרִים׃

Hagg. 2:16   since their existence, one came to a pile of twenty and it would be only ten; one came to a wine vat to draw out fifty of the winepress and it would be only twenty.”

הִכֵּיתִי אֶתְכֶם בַּשִּׁדָּפוֹן וּבַיֵּרָקוֹן וּבַבָּרָד אֵת כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵיכֶם וְאֵין־אֶתְכֶם אֵלַי נְאֻם־יְהוָה׃   2:17

Hagg. 2:17   “I smote you with blight and with mildew and hail, all the work of your hands, yet you --  none was toward Me,” declares the Lord.

שִׂימוּ־נָא לְבַבְכֶם מִן־הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה וָמָעְלָה מִיּוֹם עֶשְׂרִים וְאַרְבָּעָה לַתְּשִׁיעִי לְמִן־הַיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר־יֻסַּד   2:18     הֵיכַל־יְהוָה שִׂימוּ לְבַבְכֶם׃

Hagg. 2:18   “Direct, I pray you, your mind from this day and backward, from the ninth's twenty-fourth day, to the day that the foundation of the Temple of the Lord was laid.  Direct your mind:

הַעוֹד הַזֶּרַע בַּמְּגוּרָה וְעַד־הַגֶּפֶן וְהַתְּאֵנָה וְהָרִמּוֹן וְעֵץ הַזַּיִת לֹא נָשָׂא מִן־הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה אֲבָרֵךְ׃   2:19

Hagg. 2:19   Was yet the seed in the granary?  And had even the vine or the fig tree or the pomegranate or the tree olive not borne?  From this day I shall bless.”

The understanding of the sages was that the answer should be in the negative, as a drought was in effect.

וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה שֵׁנִית אֶל־חַגַּי בְּעֶשְׂרִים וְאַרְבָּעָה לַחֹדֶשׁ לֵאמֹר׃   2:20

Hagg. 2:20   And the word of the Lord occurred again to Haggai in the month's twenty-fourth saying,

אֱמֹר אֶל־זְרֻבָּבֶל פַּחַת־יְהוּדָה לֵאמֹר אֲנִי מַרְעִישׁ אֶת־הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת־הָאָרֶץ׃   2:21

Hagg. 2:21   Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, “I will be shaking heaven and earth, and overturn the throne of kingdoms and destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations

וְהָפַכְתִּי כִּסֵּא מַמְלָכוֹת וְהִשְׁמַדְתִּי חֹזֶק מַמְלְכוֹת הַגּוֹיִם וְהָפַכְתִּי מֶרְכָּבָה וְרֹכְבֶיהָ וְיָרְדוּ סוּסִים   2:22 וְרֹכְבֵיהֶם אִישׁ בְּחֶרֶב אָחִיו׃

Hagg. 2:22   and overturn chariot and its riders, and horses and their riders shall fall, each by the sword of his brother.”

בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא נְאֻם־יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֶקָּחֲךָ זְרֻבָּבֶל בֶּן־שְׁאַלְתִּיאֵל עַבְדִּי נְאֻם־יְהוָה וְשַׂמְתִּיךָ כַּחוֹתָם   2:23        כִּי־בְךָ בָחַרְתִּי נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת׃

Hagg. 2:23   “In that day,” declares the Lord of hosts, “I will take you, Zarubbabel son of Shealtiel, My servant,” declares the Lord, “and appoint you as a signet, for I have decided on you,” declares the Lord of hosts.

Notice that all of Haggai’s prophetic experiences transpired over a time period of less than three months.

 

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