Gad (2)

GAD (2)

(gadh, "fortunate"):

David's seer (chozeh, 1 Chronicles 21:9; 29:29; 2 Chronicles 29:25), or prophet (nabhi'; compare 1 Samuel 22:5; 2 Samuel 24:11). He appears

(1) to advise David while an outlaw fleeing before Saul to return to the land of Judah (1 Samuel 22:5);

(2) to rebuke David and give him his choice of punishments when, in spite of the advice of Joab and the traditional objections (compare Exodus 30:11), he had counted the children of Israel (2 Samuel 24:11; 1 Chronicles 21:9);

(3) to instruct David to erect an altar on the threshing-floor of Araunah when the plague that had descended on Israel ceased (2 Samuel 24:18; 1 Chronicles 21:18); and

(4) to assist in the arrangement of Levitical music with cymbals, psalteries and harps (compare 2 Chronicles 29:25).

Of his writings none are known, though he is said to have written a history of a part of David's reign (1 Chronicles 29:29).

Ella Davis Isaacs

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'GAD (2)'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.