Daily Bible Reading “David Counts the Fighting Men” (2 Samuel 24:1-9)

2 samuel 24-8David Counts the Fighting Men

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 24:1-9. The LORD was angry with his people so He influenced David to count the fighting men of Israel and Judah.

1 Chronicles 21:1 says that Satan was the one who incited David to take a count. Whether it was Satan or the LORD allowed Satan to cause David to do this is irrelevant at this point. The fact that David was determined to do it is what we need to know.

King David told Joab, the captain of the army to go and take a census of the men from Dan to Beersheba so he could know how many warriors there were during that time.

Joab couldn’t understand why the king wanted a count of the soldiers and questioned him about it, but the king prevailed, and Joab did as the king asked.

Joab and the captains of the army went out and counted the men like the king had requested. It took them nine months and twenty days to travel throughout all of Israel and Judah and take a count of the people.

Joab reported back to the king with the numbers. There were eight hundred thousand valiant men in Israel and five hundred thousand men in Judah.

What was the purpose of counting the men? Was this a pride thing for David? Did he want to know how many men there were in his army so he could brag about it, or what?


Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 24:1-9

1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.
3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?
4 Notwithstanding the king’s word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.
5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,
7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beersheba.
8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.


Things to think about:

  • Why did the king want a count of all of the men?
  • Who did he put in charge of the project?
  • Who went with him to count the men?
  • What was the results of their census?

Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture we see that You were angry with Israel. We see that David was enticed to count the fighting men. Help us to discern whether our ideas are from you or from the enemy. Give us strength and wisdom to make the right decisions. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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