1 Chronicles 21:6
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New International Version
But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, because the king's command was repulsive to him.

New Living Translation
But Joab did not include the tribes of Levi and Benjamin in the census because he was so distressed at what the king had made him do.

English Standard Version
But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king’s command was abhorrent to Joab.

Berean Study Bible
But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the count, because the king’s command was detestable to him.

New American Standard Bible
But he did not number Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king's command was abhorrent to Joab.

King James Bible
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

Christian Standard Bible
But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the count because the king's command was detestable to him.

Contemporary English Version
Joab refused to include anyone from the tribes of Levi and Benjamin, because he still disagreed with David's orders.

Good News Translation
Because Joab disapproved of the king's command, he did not take any census of the tribes of Levi and Benjamin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the count because the king's command was detestable to him.

International Standard Version
Levi and Benjamin were not included in the census, because what the king had commanded was unethical to Joab.

NET Bible
Now Joab did not number Levi and Benjamin, for the king's edict disgusted him.

New Heart English Bible
But he did not count Levi and Benjamin among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joab didn't include Levi and Benjamin in the number because he was disgusted with the king's order.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Levi and Benjamin he did not number among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

New American Standard 1977
But he did not number Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king’s command was abhorrent to Joab.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Among these the Levites and the sons of Benjamin were not counted, for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

King James 2000 Bible
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's command was abominable to Joab.

American King James Version
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

American Standard Version
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Levi and Benjamin he did not number: for Joab unwillingly executed the king's orders.

Darby Bible Translation
But Levi and Benjamin he did not count among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

English Revised Version
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Levi and Benjamin he counted not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

World English Bible
But he didn't count Levi and Benjamin among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

Young's Literal Translation
And Levi and Benjamin he hath not numbered in their midst, for the word of the king was abominable with Joab.
Study Bible
David's Military Census
5And Joab reported to David the total number of the troops. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, including 470,000 in Judah. 6But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the count, because the king’s command was detestable to him.
Cross References
1 Chronicles 21:7
This command was also evil in the sight of God; so He struck Israel.

1 Chronicles 27:24
Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. For this was the reason wrath came upon Israel, and the number was not entered in the Book of the Chronicles of King David.

Treasury of Scripture

But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

Levi

Numbers 1:47-49 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them…

Joab

2 Samuel 3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the …

2 Samuel 11:15-21 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set you Uriah in the forefront …

2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took …

(6) But Levi . . .--This verse is wanting in Samuel, but it probably existed in the original source. There is nothing in the style to suggest a later hand; while the word "counted" (p?qad), which has not been used before in this chapter, occurs twice in the parallel passage (2Samuel 24:2; 2Samuel 24:4). It is noticeable also that the chronicler writes "the king" (not "David") here, as in Samuel.

As regards the fact stated, we may observe that the sacerdotal tribe of Levi would naturally be exempted from a census taken for military or political purposes. (Comp. Numbers 1:47; Numbers 1:49.) And 1Chronicles 27:24 expressly asserts that the census was not completed; a result with which Joab's disapprobation of the scheme may have had much to do. The order in which the tribes were numbered (2Samuel 24:4-8; see 1Chronicles 21:4) makes it likely that Judah and Benjamin were to have been taken last, and that, after numbering Judah, Joab repaired to the capital, where he was ordered by the king to desist from the undertaking. Josephus (Antiq. vii. 13, 1) speaks as if Joab had not had time to include Benjamin in the census. He may have feared to give offence to the tribe of Saul.

Verse 6. - Averse to his task as Joab was, he may have been indebted to the memory of the exemption of Levi from census for the idea of enlarging upon it and omitting Benjamin as well. The important contents of this short verse are not found in Samuel, so that we can borrow no light thence. But Benjamin was "the least of the tribes" (Judges 21:1-23), and Peele has suggested that God would not permit the numbers of either of these tribes to be lessened, as he foresaw that they would be faithful to the throne of David on the division of the kingdom. Others think that the omission of these tribes in the census may have been due to Joab's recall to Jerusalem before the completion of the work, and to the king's repentance in the interim cutting off the necessity of completing it. This little agrees, however, with the resolute tone and assigned reason contained in this verse. Peele's explanation, meantime, explains nothing in respect of the statement that the king's word was abominable to Joab. 6. Levi and Benjamin counted he not—If this census was ordered with a view to the imposition of taxes, this alone would account for Levi, who were not warriors (1Ch 21:5), not being numbered (see on [393]Nu 1:47-54). The population of Benjamin had been taken (see on [394]1Ch 7:6-11), and the register preserved in the archives of that tribe. This, however, was taken on another occasion, and by other agency than that of Joab. The non-numbering of these two tribes might have originated in the special and gracious providence of God, partly because Levi was devoted to His service, and Benjamin had become the least of all the tribes (Jud 21:1-25); and partly because God foresaw that they would remain faithful to the house of David in the division of the tribes, and therefore He would not have them diminished [Poole]. From the course followed in this survey (see on [395]2Sa 24:4-8), it would appear that Judah and Benjamin were the last tribes that were to be visited; and that, after the census in Judah had been finished, Joab, before entering on that of Benjamin, had to return to Jerusalem, where the king, now sensible of his great error, gave orders to stop all further proceedings in the business. Not only the remonstrance of Joab at the first, but his slow progress in the survey (2Sa 24:8) showed the strong repugnance and even horror of the old general at this unconstitutional measure.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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