1 Chronicles 21:1

“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Satan stoode vp against Israel, and prouoked Dauid to number Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now Satan, designing evil against Israel, put into David's mind the impulse to take the number of Israel.
- Basic English Bible

And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
- Darby Bible

And Satan stood up against Israel, and incited David to number Israel.
- Webster's Bible

Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
- World English Bible

And there standeth up an adversary against Israel, and persuadeth David to number Israel,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Chronicles 21:1


21:1 Satan stood - Before the Lord and his tribunal to accuse Davidand Israel, and to beg God's permission to tempt David.Standing is the accusers posture before men's tribunals; andconsequently the holy scripture (which useth to speak of the things ofGod, after the manner of men, to bring them down to our capacities)elsewhere represent Satan in this posture.


Discussion for 1 Chronicles 21

  • Peter A. Okebukola
    I am in perfect agreement with you (A Disciple) on this. Thanks for your elucidation
  • A disciple
    Hi Peter; I want to add to what you wrote. I'm sure it was simply a choice of words; but we resist the devil with the appropriate Scripture, and stand strong and firm and true; and flee from situations of temptations; but we don't run away from the devil, we rebuke him in Jesus' name! He is under our authority in the Lord. I know you know this, but just wanted to emphasize. Remember the Martyrs!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Satan caused David to err by undertaking an unnecessary census of the Israelites. He saw the grave repercussion. The kind heart of the Lord held up further destruction by the angel. The lesson here is that we should strive to have the Holy Spirit in us so as to resist and flee from the devil. In an event we are overpowered by the devil, we should plead the mercy of God.
  • Sedric
    This is as easy as it comes...there is no different here...the devil had to get permission from God
  • Shirley.
    Giving Honor to the Lord our Saviour. 1Chronicles states Satan stood up against Isreal and decieved David into numbering Isreal. 2David told Joab to go and the rulers of the people, go number Isreal from Beershebato Dan. And bring h the total. That he may know it.3 and Joan said to David may the Lord multiply his people a hundred times But, my Lord the King are they all my Lord servants?
  • Manford malemia
    David falls under and is defeated by satanic trial. He numbered the Israelites.Each sin has consequences. His nauh!on faces a plague. Prior to it, .he had already confessed of his sin and repented it. GOD removed the plague. Oh! How wonderful is our merciful, infallible and hearing GOD.

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