When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exilesa were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel,
they approached Zerubbabel and the leaders of the families and said to them, "Let us build with you, for we also worship your God and have been sacrificing to Himb since the time King Esar-haddon of Assyriac; 2 Kg 19:37 ; Isa 37:38 brought us here."
But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel's families answered them, "You may have no part with us in building a house for our God, since we alone must build [it] for the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us."
Then the people who were already in the landd discouragede the people of Judah and made them afraid to build.
They also bribed officials [to act] against them to frustrate their plans throughout the reign of King Cyrus of Persia and until the reign of King Darius of Persia.f