New International Version
But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, because the king's command was repulsive to him.
King James Bible
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.
Darby Bible Translation
But Levi and Benjamin he did not count 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Levi and Benjamin counted he not - The rabbins give the following reason for this: Joab, seeing that this would bring down destruction upon the people, purposed to save two tribes. Should David ask, Why have you not numbered the Levites? Joab purposed to say, Because the Levites are not reckoned among the children of Israel. Should he ask, Why have you not numbered Benjamin? he would answer, Benjamin has been already sufficiently punished, on account of the treatment of the woman at Gibeah: if, therefore, this tribe were to be again punished, who would remain?
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Rom. viii. 3.--"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh." For what purpose do we meet thus together? I would we knew it,--then it might be to some better purpose. In all other things we are rational, and do nothing of moment without some end and purpose. But, alas! in this matter of greatest moment, our going about divine ordinances, we have scarce any distinct or deliberate …
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The Hardening in the Sacred Scripture.
1 Chronicles 21:7
This command was also evil in the sight of God; so he punished Israel.
1 Chronicles 27:24
Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. God's wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering, and the number was not entered in the book of the annals of King David.
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