The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from King James Bible:|
CH1 21:2 And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go,
number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them
to me, that I may know it.
CH1 21:3 And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times
so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my
lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he
be a cause of trespass to Israel?
CH1 21:4 Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore
Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
CH1 21:5 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David.
King James Bible