Who built the temple?

“In the four hundred eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord.” (1 Kings 6:1)

Solomon, King David’s son and successor, built the temple! Although he probably didn’t actually build it with his own hands — “King Solomon conscripted forced labor out of all Israel; the levy numbered thirty thousand men.” (1 Kings 5:13)

Forced labor isn’t good, especially when treatment of laborers is poor. And it sounds like it was poor, because the people ask Solomon’s son Rehoboam for kinder treatment when he becomes king after his father. – Vicar Aaron Musser