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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 21:7-17

David is here under the rod for numbering the people, that rod of correction which drives out the foolishness that is bound up in the heart, the foolishness of pride. Let us briefly observe, I. How he was corrected. If God's dearest children do amiss, they must expect to smart for it. 1. He is given to understand that God is displeased; and that it is no small uneasiness to so good a man as David, 1 Chron. 21:7. God takes notice of, and is displeased with, the sins of his people; and no sin is... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30

David’s fame (18:1-22:1)Before speaking further of the temple, the writer lists a number of David’s victories in war. These records show how God was strengthening David’s kingdom according to his promise, but they show also why God would not allow David to build the temple. One who had caused so much bloodshed was not a suitable person to build the nation’s sacred place of worship (see 22:7-10).The writer records victories over miscellaneous enemies (18:1-17; see notes on 2 Samuel 8:1-18);... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30

God’s provision of a place for Israel ch. 21Chapter 21 records the fulfillment of God’s second personal promise to David, namely, that He would appoint a place where Israel could dwell securely (in rest, 1 Chronicles 17:9). This was a promise of peace for Israel, but as the verses following 1 Chronicles 17:9 make clear, God had more than this in mind. He intended to dwell among His people in the house Solomon would build (1 Chronicles 17:11-12). God’s presence was the real source of Israel’s... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30

David’s numbering of the People and his PunishmentThis chapter is parallel to 2 Samuel 24, but includes a few additions: see 1 Chronicles 21:6, 1 Chronicles 21:26.1. Satan] In 2 Samuel 24:1 the Lord is said to have been angry with Israel, and to have moved David to number the people; for the Hebrews in early times did not hesitate to describe God as prompting to evil as well as to good, men being punished for one sin by being led to commit another. But in later ages the idea that God tempted... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Chronicles 21:10

(10) This verse, again, nearly coincides with the parallel in Samuel. The variations look like corrections and explanatory or paraphrastic substitutions. Thus the word “go is here imperative, instead of the less usual infinitive; “saving” is added by way of clearness; the easier phrase, “I offer thee” (spread or lay before thee), is given in place of the curious “I lift up” (i.e., impose) “on thee” (nôteh for nôtçl: a change such as is common in the Targum); and, lastly, the pronoun of them,... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30

David's Census 1 Chronicles 21:2 What was it that made David's deed ungodly? The answer is that David's act was a grievous forgetfulness of, and departure from, God's purpose (an act in which the people acquiesced with their king). He appears to have been moved by the hope that he should find the people big enough to cope with the nations around them on their own ground. And the people themselves would appear to have shared David's pride and ambition. Once they were a horde of freshly... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30

SATAN"And again the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and He moved David against them saying, Go, number Israel and Judah." 2 Samuel 24:1"And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel."- 1 Chronicles 21:1"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempteth no man: but each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed."- James 1:13-14THE census of David is found both in the book... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 1 Chronicles 21:1-30

10. The Numbering of the People and the Punishment CHAPTER 21 1. David’s failure in numbering the people (1 Chronicles 21:1-7 ) 2. David’s confession and the message of God (1 Chronicles 21:8-12 ) 3. David’s answer and the punishment (1 Chronicles 21:13-17 ) 4. The altar in the threshing floor of Ornan (1 Chronicles 21:18-30 ) On the alleged discrepancy between the statement in 2 Samuel 24:1 “And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and He moved (literal: He... read more

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