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Ezra 4

    Resistance to Rebuilding the Temple

  1. "Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel, "
  2. "they approached Zerub'babel and the heads of fathers' houses and said to them, ""Let us build with you; for we worship your God as you do, and we have been sacrificing to him ever since the days of E'sar-had'don king of Assyria who brought us here."" "
  3. "But Zerub'babel, Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers' houses in Israel said to them, ""You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us."""
  4. Rebuilding of Jerusalem Opposed