2 Samuel 24:1-9 (New American Standard)

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The Census Taken

1 1Now 2again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, "3Go, number Israel and Judah." 2 The king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, "Go about now through all the tribes of Israel, 4from Dan to Beersheba, and aregister the people, that I may know the number of the people." 3 But Joab said to the king, "5Now may the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see; but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?" 4 Nevertheless, the king's word prevailed against Joab and against the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to bregister the people of Israel. 5 They crossed the Jordan and camped in 6Aroer, on the right side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad and toward 7Jazer. 6 Then they came to Gilead and to cthe land of Tahtim-hodshi, and they came to Dan-jaan and around to 8Sidon, 7 and came to the 9fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the 10Hivites and of the Canaanites, and they went out to the south of Judah, to 11Beersheba. 8 So when they had gone about through the whole land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9 And Joab gave 12the number of the dregistration of the people to the king; and there were in Israel 13eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
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