But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the count, because the king's command was detestable to him.
Cross References1 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.
Chapter Outline1. David, tempted by Satan, forces Joab to number the people5. The number of the people being brought, David repents of it9. David having three plagues proposed by God, chooses the pestilence14. After the death of 70,000, David by repentance prevents the destruction of Jerusalem18. David, by Gad's direction, purchases Ornan's threshing floor; 26. where having built an altar, God gives a sign of his favor by fire.28. David sacrifices there, being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the angel
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