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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 24:1-9

Here we have, I. The orders which David gave to Joab to number the people of Israel and Judah, 2 Sam. 24:1, 2. Two things here seem strange:?1. The sinfulness of this. What harm was there in it? Did not Moses twice number the people without any crime? Does not political arithmetic come in among the other policies of a prince? Should not the shepherd know the number of his sheep? Does not the Son of David know all his own by name? Might not he make good use of this calculation? What evil has he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 24:7

And came to the strong hold of Tyre ,.... That is, old Tyre, which stood thirty furlongs from new Tyre, the island F25 Strabo. Geograph. l. 16. p. 521. ; of which See Gill on Isaiah 23:1 ; this must be understood of the parts near unto it; for that itself was not within the land of Israel, and so its inhabitants not to be numbered: and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites : which were possessed by them, and from whence they were not driven out by the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 24:7

The strong hold of Tyre - This must have been the old city of Tyre, which was built on the main land: the new city was built on a rock in the sea. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 24:1-9

The facts are: 1 . On account of some transgressions, God, being angry with Israel, permits some one to incite David to number the people. 2 . David, on issuing his commands to Joab, is met with a remonstrance from him and the captains of the host. 3 . But the king persisting in his desire, Joab and his officers and men apply themselves to the work, and at the end of nine months and twenty days return the number of men capable of serving in war at 1,300,000. The difficulties... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 24:5-10

( 1 Chronicles 21:5-8 ).—( THE ROYAL BED CHAMBER .) An, awakened conscience. The taking of the census occupied over nine months; and during this time David remained insensible to his sin, and waited for the result. At length the work was finished (about wheat harvest), and the number given to the king; but, whilst he looked at the definite proof of the nation's increase, and at first, perhaps, felt elated at the thought of commanding an army of mere than a million soldiers... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 24:7

Tyre (comp. Joshua 19:29 ). Tyre and the whole coast land between it and Sidon had been too strong for the tribe of Asher, and remained unsubdued. But, like the independent states in India, it acknowlodged the supremacy of the paramount power. The cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites. It is evident from this that even in David's time there were towns and districts were Hivites and Canaanites dwelt as distinct communities, governed probably by their own laws. But as they were... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Samuel 24:7

The strong hold of Tyre - “The fenced city,” as it is generally rendered throughout the historical books.The cities of the Hivites - Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath-jearim, and perhaps Shechem, besides those at the foot of Hermon and Lebanon, of which we do not know the names. This continuance of distinct communities of Hivites so late as the end of David’s reign is remarkable. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 24:5-7

2 Samuel 24:5-7. They passed over Jordan They went first into the eastern part of the country, and so by the northern coasts to the west, and then to the south. And pitched in Aroer These words seem to import, that they pitched their tents in the field, and thither summoned the neighbouring towns to come unto them: which was very troublesome, and at last proved intolerably grievous. And to the land of Tahtim-hodshi It is in vain to seek after this land, which is not mentioned in the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 24:1-25

The census and its outcome (24:1-25)Israel’s increasing power and prosperity under David may have given David and his people feelings of self-praise, as if they, and not God, had been the cause of this growth. God saw that the time had come to awaken Israel to this sin. Therefore, God allowed Satan to suggest to David that he take a census of the people. David’s pride in his growing nation was apparently what made the suggestion seem such a good idea, but God was going to use the event to... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 2 Samuel 24:7

strong hold. Compare Joshua 19:29 . went out . Some codices read "came [in]". south = the Negeb. Some codices read "land". See note on Genesis 13:1 . read more

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