2 Samuel 24:1-9 NLT

1 Once again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and he caused David to harm them by taking a census. “Go and count the people of Israel and Judah,” the LORD told him.
2 So the king said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the tribes of Israel—from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south—so I may know how many people there are.”

References for 2 Samuel 24:2

    • a 24:2 - As in Greek version (see also 24:4 and 1 Chr 21:2 ); Hebrew reads Joab the commander.
      3 But Joab replied to the king, “May the LORD your God let you live to see a hundred times as many people as there are now! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this?”
      4 But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab and the commanders of the army went out to count the people of Israel.
      5 First they crossed the Jordan and camped at Aroer, south of the town in the valley, in the direction of Gad. Then they went on to Jazer,
      6 then to Gilead in the land of Tahtim-hodshi and to Dan-jaan and around to Sidon.

      References for 2 Samuel 24:6

        • b 24:6 - Greek version reads to Gilead and to Kadesh in the land of the Hittites.
          7 Then they came to the fortress of Tyre, and all the towns of the Hivites and Canaanites. Finally, they went south to Judah as far as Beersheba.

          References for 2 Samuel 24:7

            • c 24:7 - Or they went to the Negev of Judah.
              8 Having gone through the entire land for nine months and twenty days, they returned to Jerusalem.
              9 Joab reported the number of people to the king. There were 800,000 capable warriors in Israel who could handle a sword, and 500,000 in Judah.