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Maybe it was because Solomon took a census of all the foreigners, while David numbered the children of Israel without making this offering: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be ...


A word of caution needed here for the speculations made by me here. I have not spent a large amount of time meditating on these scriptures and opinions are based on my limit experience with what I have studied in the Bible. The Bible does not explicitly state why Solomon's census was good or bad but because there is no text concerning God's disappointment ...


I find it hard to believe God would prohibit David from building the temple for doing what God asked of him (destroying the Canaanites). More plausible to myself is his treachery in Uriah's death to have Bathsheba for himself.

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