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O 1 my son, O son of my womb, O son 2 of my vows,
So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
People will curse 1 the one who withholds grain, 2 but they will praise 3 the one who sells it. 4
Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen. 1
The threshing floors are full of grain; the vats overflow with fresh wine and olive oil.
The meadows are clothed with sheep, and the valleys are covered with grain. They shout joyfully, yes, they sing.
We’re eager to trade silver for the poor, 1 a pair of sandals 2 for the needy! We want to mix in some chaff with the grain!” 3
Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak began 1 to rebuild the temple of God in Jerusalem. The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.
They should gather all the excess food 1 during these good years that are coming. By Pharaoh’s authority 2 they should store up grain so the cities will have food, 3 and they should preserve it. 4
Joseph stored up a vast amount of grain, like the sand of the sea, 1 until he stopped measuring it because it was impossible to measure.
Then Joseph gave orders to fill 1 their bags with grain, to return each man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. His orders were carried out. 2
To his father he sent the following: 1 ten donkeys loaded with the best products of Egypt and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, food, and provisions for his father’s journey.
“If a man opens a pit or if a man digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
Then the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son 1 of Iddo 2 prophesied concerning the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem 3 in the name of the God of Israel who was over them.
Give sincere homage! 1 Otherwise he 2 will be angry, 3 and you will die because of your behavior, 4 when his anger quickly ignites. 5 How blessed 6 are all who take shelter in him! 7
May there be 1 an abundance 2 of grain in the earth; on the tops 3 of the mountains may it 4 sway! 5 May its 6 fruit trees 7 flourish 8 like the forests of Lebanon! 9 May its crops be as abundant as the grass of the earth!
You say, “When will the new moon festival 1 be over, 2 so we can sell grain? When will the Sabbath end, 3 so we can open up the grain bins? 4 We’re eager 5 to sell less for a higher price, 6 and to cheat the buyer with rigged scales! 7
The elders of the Jews continued building and prospering, while at the same time 1 Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo continued prophesying. They built and brought it to completion by the command of the God of Israel and by the command of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
Therefore, because you make the poor pay taxes on their crops 1 and exact a grain tax from them, you will not live in the houses you built with chiseled stone, nor will you drink the wine from the fine 2 vineyards you planted. 3