In the book of Nehemiah, in the Old Testament, the Israelites were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon. He took the people of Israel, destroyed their city, brought them to Babylon, and made them prisoners.Over many years, Nebuchadnezzar died, and the next king, Cyrus, set the people free, back to Jerusalem.
The people of Israel build an altar, and start to build the temple, but they run into a problem. The people who were living in that area did not want the Israelites to rebuild, so they started harassing them, so it took them 16 years to build the temple.
All the nations knew and feared Israel because of God’s favor, so they didn’t want them to be [...]