Bible: 1 Chronicles 21:1-8

The Lord Sends a Plague against Israel

21:1 An adversary 1  opposed 2  Israel, inciting David to count how many warriors Israel had. 3  21:2 David told Joab and the leaders of the army, 4 Go, count the number of warriors 5  from Beer Sheba to Dan. Then bring back a report to me so I may know how many we have.” 6  21:3 Joab replied, “May the Lord make his army 7  a hundred times larger! My master, O king, do not all of them serve my master? Why does my master want to do this? Why bring judgment on Israel? 8 

21:4 But the king’s edict stood, despite Joab’s objections. 9  So Joab left and traveled throughout Israel before returning to Jerusalem. 10  21:5 Joab reported to David the number of warriors. 11  In all Israel there were 1,100,000 12  sword-wielding soldiers; Judah alone had 470,000 sword-wielding soldiers. 13  21:6 Now Joab 14  did not number Levi and Benjamin, for the king’s edict disgusted him. 21:7 God was also offended by it, 15  so he attacked Israel.

21:8 David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this! Now, please remove the guilt of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”

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