Nevertheless, the king's word prevailed against Joab and against the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army departed from the presence of the king to count the troops of Israel.
Cross References2 Samuel 24:3
But Joab replied to the king, "May the LORD your God multiply the troops a hundred times over and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?"
2 Samuel 24:5
They crossed the Jordan and camped near Aroer, south of the town in the middle of the valley, and proceeded toward Gad and Jazer.
Chapter Outline1. David, tempted by Satan, forces Joab to number the people5. The captains, in nine months and twenty days, gather 1,300,000 fighting men10. David repents, and having three plagues proposed by God, chooses pestilence15. After the death of 70,000, David by prayer prevents the destruction of Jerusalem18. David, by God's direction, purchases Araunah's threshing floor; 25. and the plague stops
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