2 Samuel 24:5

5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river[a] of Gad, and toward Jazer:

2 Samuel 24:5 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 24:5

And they passed over Jordan
To take the number of the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh first:

and pitched in Aroer;
for it seems that Joab and the captains had the army with them, and the several captains under their command, partly to assist in numbering the people, and partly to keep them in awe, lest they should oppose them, not knowing what was the design of all this Aroer was a city given to the tribe of Gad, and rebuilt by them, ( Numbers 32:34 ) ;

on the right side of the city;
that is, of Aroer, the south side of it, as the Targum, did Joab and his army pitch:

that [lieth] in the midst of the river of Gad;
which was the river Arnon, so called now from the tribe of Gad, which possessed it, and so the Targum, in the midst of the river of the tribe of Gad; for in the midst of the river Arnon Aroer lay, see ( Joshua 13:9 ) ;

and toward Jazer;
another city given to the Gadites, ( Numbers 32:3 Numbers 32:35 ) ; and, according to Bunting F21, was sixteen miles from Aroer.


FOOTNOTES:

F21 Travels p. 147.

2 Samuel 24:5 In-Context

3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?
4 Notwithstanding the king's word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.
5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,
7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beersheba.

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