2 Samuel 24:1-9 CEB

David’s census

1 The LORD burned with anger against Israel again, and he incited David against them: Go and count the people of Israel and Judah.

References for 2 Samuel 24:1

      2 So the king said to Joab and the military commandersa who were with him, "Go throughout all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beer-sheba, and take a census of the people so I know how many people there are."

      References for 2 Samuel 24:2

        • ü 24:2 - LXX and 2 Sam 24:4; MT <i>commander</i>
          3 Joab said to the king, "May the LORD your God increase the number of people a hundred times while the eyes of my master the king can still see it! But why does my master the king want to do this?"
          4 But the king's word overruled Joab and the military commanders. So Joab and the commanders left the king's presence to take a census of the Israelites.
          5 They crossed the Jordan River and began from Aroer and fromb the town that is in the middle of the valley of Gad, then on to Jazer.

          References for 2 Samuel 24:5

            • ý 24:5 - LXX; MT <i>camped in Aroer south of the city</i>
              6 They continued to Gilead and on to Kadesh in Hittite territory.c They came to Dand and went around to Sidon.

              References for 2 Samuel 24:6

                • þ 24:6 - Hebrew uncertain; correction <i>on to the area beneath Hermon</i>
                • ÿ 24:6 - LXXL; MT <i>Dan-jaan</i>
                  7 They went to the fortress of Tyre and to all the towns of the Hivites and the Canaanites. They went out to Beer-sheba in the arid southern plain of Judah.
                  8 At the end of nine months and twenty days, after going through the entire country, they came back to Jerusalem.
                  9 Joab reported to the king the number of the people who had been counted: in Israel there were eight hundred thousand strong men who could handle a sword; in Judah the total was five hundred thousand men.