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1 Chronicles 21:6

    1 Chronicles 21:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But Levi and Benjamin were not numbered among them, for Joab was disgusted with the king's order.

    Webster's Revision

    But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

    World English Bible

    But he didn't count Levi and Benjamin among them; for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Chronicles 21:6

    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?

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Chronicles 21:6

    To omit the Levites would be to follow the precedent recorded in Numbers 1:47-49. The omission of Benjamin must he ascribed to a determination on the part of Joab to frustrate the king's intention, whereby he might hope to avert God's wrath from the people.