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Haggai Chapter 2

Haggai 2:3
2:3 Who [is] left among you that saw this {a} house in her first
    glory?  and how do ye see it now? [is it] not in your eyes
    in comparison of it as nothing?

    (a) For the people according as had been prophesied in
        Isaiah 2:2 and Isaiah 2:2, thought this temple
        should have been more excellent than Solomon's temple,
        which was destroyed by the Babylonians, but the Prophets
        meant the spiritual Temple, the Church of Christ.

Haggai 2:4
2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be
    strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be
    strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and {b}
    work: for I [am] with you, saith the LORD of hosts:

    (b) That is, go forward in building the temple.

Haggai 2:6
2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; {c} Yet once, it [is] a
    little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth,
    and the sea, and the dry [land];

    (c) He exhorts them to patience though they do not see as
        yet this temple so glorious as the Prophets had
        declared: for this should be accomplished in Christ, by
        whom all things should be renewed.

Haggai 2:7
2:7 And I will shake all nations, and {d} the desire of all
    nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory,
    saith the LORD of hosts.

    (d) Meaning Christ, whom all ought to look for and desire:
        or by desire he may signify all precious things, such
        as riches, and things like them.

Haggai 2:8
2:8 The {e} silver [is] mine, and the gold [is] mine, saith the
    LORD of hosts.

    (e) Therefore when his time comes he can make all the
        treasures of the world to serve his purpose: but the
        glory of this second Temple does not consist of material
        things, neither can it be built.

Haggai 2:9
2:9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the
    former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I
    give {f} peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

    (f) Meaning all spiritual blessings and felicity purchased
        by Christ; Philippians 4:7.

Haggai 2:12
2:12 If one bear {g} holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and
     with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil,
     or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and
     said, No.

     (g) That is, the flesh of the sacrifices, by which he means
         that a thing which of itself is good, cannot make
         another thing so: and therefore they ought not to
         justify themselves by their sacrifices and ceremonies:
         but contrary to this, he that is unclean and not pure
         of heart, does corrupt those things and make them
         detestable to God, which otherwise are good and godly.

Haggai 2:15
2:15 And now, I pray you, consider from this {h} day and upward,
     from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of
     the LORD:

     (h) Consider how God plagued you with famine before you
         began to build the temple.

Haggai 2:16
2:16 {i} Since those [days] were, when [one] came to an heap of
     twenty [measures], there were [but] ten: when [one] came to
     the pressfat for to draw out fifty [vessels] out of the
     press, there were [but] twenty.

     (i) That is, before the building was begun.

Haggai 2:18
2:18 Consider now from {k} this day and upward, from the four
     and twentieth day of the ninth [month, even] from the day
     that the foundation of the LORD'S temple was laid, consider

     (k) From the time they began to build the temple, he
         promises that God would bless them: and even though the
         fruit has not yet come forth, yet in the gathering they
         would have plenty.

Haggai 2:19
2:19 Is the {l} seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and
     the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath
     not brought forth: from this day will I bless [you].

     (l) He exhorts them to have patience, and to remain until
         the harvest came, and then they would see God's

Haggai 2:21
2:21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I {m} will
     shake the heavens and the earth;

     (m) I will make a change, and renew all things in Christ,
         of whom Zerubbabel is here a figure.

Haggai 2:22
2:22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will
     destroy the strength of the {n} kingdoms of the heathen;
     and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in
     them; and the horses and their riders shall come down,
     every one by the sword of his brother.

     (n) By this he shows that there will be no stop or
         hindrance, when God will make this wonderful
         restitution of his Church.

Haggai 2:23
2:23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O
     Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the
     LORD, and will make thee as a {o} signet: for I have chosen
     thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

     (o) Signifying that his dignity would be most excellent,
         which thing was accomplished in Christ.

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