The Numbering

for February 5th, 2014
Memorial of St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

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WHY would the Lord be angry with King David for taking a census? And yet we know that, as soon as he did, David “regretted having numbered the people”:

I have sinned greatly in doing this thing.

The Scriptures don’t tell us exactly why David’s census was wrong. It seems the purpose of it was to determine how many Israelites were eligible for war, such as when God ordered Moses to take a census of all the people of Israel. [1]cf. Num 1:2 But when we read the secondary account of this biblical story, we learn a surprising detail:

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1. cf. Num 1:2