New International Version
This command was also evil in the sight of God; so he punished Israel.
King James Bible
And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
Darby Bible Translation
And God was displeased on account of this thing, and he smote Israel.
World English Bible
God was displeased with this thing; therefore he struck Israel.
Young's Literal Translation
And it is evil in the eyes of God concerning this thing, and He smiteth Israel,
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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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And God was displeased with this thing [heb] And it was evil in the eyes of God concerning this thing
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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.
2 Samuel 15:26
But if he says, 'I am not pleased with you,' then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him."
1 Chronicles 21:6
But Joab did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, because the king's command was repulsive to him.
1 Chronicles 21:8
Then David said to God, "I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing."
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