The chapter lists the leaders of the twelve groups of troops that were at David’s disposal. It also lists the tribal leaders, the stewards of David’s property, and the people who served in his court.
Stewards were appointed to care for David’s possessions: “Over the camels: Obil the Ishmaelite. And over the she-asses: Jehdeiah the Meronothite…” (v. 30)
III. Important Verses
v. 1: The number of Israelites — chiefs of clans, officers of thousands and hundreds and their clerks, who served the king in all matters of the divisions, who worked in monthly shifts during all the months of the year — each division, 24,000.
vv. 23-24: David did not take a census of those under twenty years of age, for the LORD had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars of heaven. Joab son of Zeruiah did begin to count them, but he did not finish; wrath struck Israel on account of this, and the census was not entered into the account of the chronicles of King David.
1-15. The 12 groups of 24,000 troops available for the king
16-22. The leaders of the individual tribes
23-24. The census
25-31. Stewards of David’s property
32-34. David’s scribes, advisors, and generals
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
De Vries, Simon J. “1 and 2 Chronicles,” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 11 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989).
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