HAGGAI 1The Command to Rebuild the Temple 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: 2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.” 3 Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? 5 Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. 6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
HAGGAI 2The Coming Glory of the Temple 2:1 In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet: 2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say, 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes? 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, 5 according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. 6 For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. 9 The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’” Blessings for a Defiled People10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, 11 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Ask the priests about the law: 12 ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?’” The priests answered and said, “No.” 13 Then Haggai said, “If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered and said, “It does become unclean.” 14 Then Haggai answered and said, “So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the Lord, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean. 15 Now then, consider from this day onward. Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the Lord, 16 how did you fare? When one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were but twenty. 17 I struck you and all the products of your toil with blight and with mildew and with hail, yet you did not turn to me, declares the Lord. 18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider: 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.” Zerubbabel Chosen as a Signet20 The word of the Lord came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, 21 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, 22 and to overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, every one by the sword of his brother. 23 On that day, declares the Lord of hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, declares the Lord, and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you, declares the Lord of hosts.”
PROVERBS 1717:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietthan a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefullyand will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. 3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,and the Lord tests hearts. 4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. 5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,and the glory of children is their fathers. 7 Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;still less is false speech to a prince. 8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;wherever he turns he prospers. 9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love,but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. 10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understandingthan a hundred blows into a fool. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubsrather than a fool in his folly. 13 If anyone returns evil for good,evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,so quit before the quarrel breaks out. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteousare both alike an abomination to the Lord. 16 Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdomwhen he has no sense? 17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity. 18 One who lacks sense gives a pledgeand puts up security in the presence of his neighbor. 19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife;he who makes his door high seeks destruction. 20 A man of crooked heart does not discover good,and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity. 21 He who sires a fool gets himself sorrow,and the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A joyful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secretto pervert the ways of justice. 24 The discerning sets his face toward wisdom,but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his fatherand bitterness to her who bore him. 26 To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good,nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
REVELATION 17The Great Prostitute and the Beast 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” 3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. 5 And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” 6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
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