The Book of Ezra Chapter 4, Opposition by The Elamites

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Most of this Chapter will cover the opposition who see this new threat of power which The Jews seem to have as they work on the restoration of The Temple with Cyrus,Xerxes and Artaxerxes. Work comes to a stop until the Second year of reign of Darius, King of Persia.

Names like Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabbl, Rehum, Shimshai, The Elamites, those whom Osnappaar deported to Sumaria are now causing a slow down in Jerusalem with the restoration of The Temple.

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Good post Rich from1 Chronicles 23

Rich and Class,

The Jewish understanding was that non Jews were not to partake in the Work of building or serving in The Temple of G-d. All who did had religious association and same Family names in Hebrew.

The main reason G-d did not allow David to build the temple was a personal choice to engage himself with another mans wife. David also had this man killed in battle to cover it up.

Remember The Word of G-d said David was a man after G-d's Own Heart. So it's not that David was aligning himself with foreign King so they could do the work on The Temple, it was his sin that separated him from doing the Work of G-d.

In David's early years as King G-d honored him and allowed him to move the Arc close to Jerusalem. and fashioned a one room tent around it, without The Holy of Holie's or a veal of Separation.

David's collection of materials were not what stopped the work aether. David sent Jews all over The World to collect raw materials for The Temple. He used The Large Triremes and with the aid from The Phoenician King of Tyre, Hiram and David worked very hard to depleted most of the Worlds known sources of Gold, Silver, Copper, Tin and Iron for use in the building of The Temple of G-d in Jerusalem because the records said without measure, which is G-d's way of keeping track of things. Many ship loads from all over the World tied up to piers and unloaded without measure in The Ports of Eilat or Ashkelon

Your right about Solomon and his own sins. I don't know if this was a problem while The Temple was being constructed though. Most of Solomon's doings was pride of doing which did came later in life. I do know he had plenty of wives, of which one, according to G-d, is enough.