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2 Samuel 24:1-9 (New International Version)

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David Counts the Fighting Men

24:1-17pp -- 1Ch 21:1-17

1 Again1 the anger of the LORD burned against Israel,2 and he incited David against them, saying, "Go and take a census of3 Israel and Judah." 2 So the king said to Joab4 and the army commandersa with him, "Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba5 and enroll6 the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are." 3 But Joab7 replied to the king, "May the LORD your God multiply the troops a hundred times over,8 and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?" 4 The king's word, however, overruled Joab and the army commanders; so they left the presence of the king to enroll the fighting men of Israel. 5 After crossing the Jordan, they camped near Aroer,9 south of the town in the gorge, and then went through Gad and on to Jazer.10 6 They went to Gilead and the region of Tahtim Hodshi, and on to Dan Jaan and around toward Sidon.11 7 Then they went toward the fortress of Tyre12 and all the towns of the Hivites13 and Canaanites. Finally, they went on to Beersheba14 in the Negev15 of Judah. 8 After they had gone through the entire land, they came back to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9 Joab reported the number of the fighting men to the king: In Israel there were eight hundred thousand able-bodied men who could handle a sword, and in Judah five hundred thousand.16
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