1 Chronicles 21:2
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New International Version
So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, "Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are."

New Living Translation
So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, "Take a census of all the people of Israel--from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north--and bring me a report so I may know how many there are."

English Standard Version
So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.”

New American Standard Bible
So David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, "Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan, and bring me word that I may know their number."

King James Bible
And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, "Go and count Israel from Beer-sheba to Dan and bring a report to me so I can know their number."

International Standard Version
David ordered Joab and the commanders of the army, "Go take a census of Israel from Beer-sheba to Dan, and bring me a report so I can be aware of the total number."

NET Bible
David told Joab and the leaders of the army, "Go, count the number of warriors from Beer Sheba to Dan. Then bring back a report to me so I may know how many we have."

New Heart English Bible
And David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, "Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David said to Joab and the leaders of the people, "Go, count Israel from Beersheba to Dan. Bring me [the results] so that I may know how many [people] there are."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people: 'Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them.'

New American Standard 1977
So David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, “Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan, and bring me word that I may know their number.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

King James 2000 Bible
And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

American King James Version
And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

American Standard Version
And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David said to Joab, and to the rulers of the people: Go, and number Israel from Bersabee even to Dan, and bring me the number of them that I may know it.

Darby Bible Translation
And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

English Revised Version
And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

World English Bible
David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, "Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them."

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith unto Joab, and unto the heads of the people, 'Go, number Israel from Beer-Sheba even unto Dan, and bring unto me, and I know their number.'
Study Bible
David Forces a Census
1Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel. 2So David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, "Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan, and bring me word that I may know their number." 3Joab said, "May the LORD add to His people a hundred times as many as they are! But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? Why does my lord seek this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt to Israel?"…
Cross References
Genesis 21:14
So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

1 Chronicles 27:23
But David did not count those twenty years of age and under, because the LORD had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of heaven.

1 Chronicles 27:24
Joab the son of Zeruiah had begun to count them, but did not finish; and because of this, wrath came upon Israel, and the number was not included in the account of the chronicles of King David.
Treasury of Scripture

And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

Joab

2 Samuel 24:2-4 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with …

Beer-sheba

Judges 20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was …

1 Samuel 3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established …

2 Samuel 3:10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the …

2 Samuel 17:11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered to you, …

2 Samuel 24:15 So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning even to …

1 Kings 4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelled safely, every man under his vine and …

2 Chronicles 30:5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all …

bring

1 Chronicles 17:23,24 Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that you have spoken concerning …

that I may

Deuteronomy 8:13-17 And when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and …

2 Chronicles 32:25,26 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done to …

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

(2) And to the rulers (captains) of the people.--Omitted in Samuel, which reads, "Joab, the captain of the host, who was with him." The "captains of the host" are, however, associated in the work of the census with Joab (2Samuel 24:4). The fact that Joab and his staff were deputed to take the census seems to prove that it was of a military character.

Go.--Plural.

Number.--Enrol, or register (sifr). A different word (m?n?h) is used in 1Chronicles 21:1, and in the parallel place. Samuel has, "Run over, I pray, all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba," using the very word (sht) which, in the prologue of Job (1Chronicles 1:7; 1Chronicles 2:2) Satan uses of his own wanderings over the earth.

From Beersheba even to Dan.--As if the party were to proceed from south to north. (See 1Chronicles 21:4.) The reverse order is usual. (See Judges 20:1; 1Samuel 3:20.)

Verse 2. - And to the rulers of the people. So Numbers 1:4, "And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers" (see also 1 Chronicles 27:22-24; 2 Samuel 24:4, 5). 21:1-30 David's numbering the people. - No mention is made in this book of David's sin in the matter of Uriah, neither of the troubles that followed it: they had no needful connexion with the subjects here noted. But David's sin, in numbering the people, is related: in the atonement made for that sin, there was notice of the place on which the temple should be built. The command to David to build an altar, was a blessed token of reconciliation. God testified his acceptance of David's offerings on this altar. Thus Christ was made sin, and a curse for us; it pleased the Lord to bruise him, that through him, God might be to us, not a consuming Fire, but a reconciled God. It is good to continue attendance on those ordinances in which we have experienced the tokens of God's presence, and have found that he is with us of a truth. Here God graciously met me, therefore I will still expect to meet him.
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