kjv@1Chronicles:2:3@ The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of the LORD; and he slew him.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:4@ And Tamar his daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:23@ And he took Geshur, and Aram, with the towns of Jair, from them, with Kenath, and the towns thereof, even threescore cities. All these belonged to the sons of Machir the father of Gilead.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:24@ And after that Hezron was dead in Calebephratah, then Abiah Hezron's wife bare him Ashur the father of Tekoa.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:25@ And the sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were, Ram the firstborn, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, and Ahijah.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:26@ Jerahmeel had also another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:27@ And the sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel were, Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:28@ And the sons of Onam were, Shammai, and Jada. And the sons of Shammai; Nadab, and Abishur.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:29@ And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bare him Ahban, and Molid.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:52@ And Shobal the father of Kirjathjearim had sons; Haroeh, and half of the Manahethites.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:53@ And the families of Kirjathjearim; the Ithrites, and the Puhites, and the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; of them came the Zareathites, and the Eshtaulites.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:54@ The sons of Salma; Bethlehem, and the Netophathites, Ataroth, the house of Joab, and half of the Manahethites, the Zorites.
kjv@1Chronicles:2:55@ And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.
Few of us ever become kings and are under this kind of responsibility, but, there are times when our actions unfairly effect many of those around us. Close confidants may try to talk us out of proceeding, even those not particularly spiritual seem to have better sense; we advance forward into it anyway. Times like these God may choose to speak through another; we may be too hardened or too ashamed to hear Him direct. Actions have their unavoidable consequences however, for some greater consequences then others. David knows not only that he must fall upon the mercies of God, but, in this case is shown that he'll have to make sacrificial atonement. Nowadays, we'd have to rely upon the Lord's sacrifice at the cross. Much of the consequence unfortunately still takes place.
The word for Satan here can also be translated adversary. It is hard to imagine what type of human or political adversary would have pricked or enticed David enough to make him do this, especially knowing such a census was forbidden. Given the way God responded and the measure to which God responded, it is my belief that the KJV translation Satan is highly possible.
Seems the times Israel is shown in the best light are at times when they have been given a project, taking over the land, building the temple, rebuilding the temple. It should be observed that not long into these projects there are challenges and not long after dissension/distraction/rebellion. It just seems to be the way of the world.
For all of his power and riches, the king dies just like all of the rest naked and possession less. This king however is remembered for many a great things and a couple less than great things. Through it all he was able to keep his connection with God. David's life and character are still today studied and examined and emulated. His Psalms are amongst the peoples favorite.
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