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Numbers of David's soldiers and some mysterious numbers of Hebrew kings are here presented by IslamicEra.com as Bible Contradictions. Too bad, counting is not so difficult as it seems …

 

1. Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?
God did (2 Samuel 24:1).
No, the translation should be: One incited David to stand against his own people, by counting the fighting men of Israel. And not: He (God) incited (moved KJV) …etc. Compare the article: Who tempted David to number Israel?

Satan did (I Chronicles 21:1).
Yes, Satan is the tempter and he tempted David to do this evil thing.
No Bible Contradiction

 

2. In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel?
Eight hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9).
Yes, 800,000 valiant men, means: with battle experience.

One million, one hundred thousand (I Chronicles 21:5).
Yes, 1,100,000 men; included are 300.000 men without battle experience.
See the article: Couldn't Joab count?
No Bible Contradiction

 

3. How many fighting men were found in Judah?
Five hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9).
Yes, 500,000 men, including 30,000 men with hand weapons as axes and maces etc.  

Four hundred and seventy thousand (I Chronicles 21:5).
Yes, 470,000 men who drew the sword.
See the article: Couldn't Joab count?
No Bible Contradiction

 

4. God sent his prophet to threaten David with how many years of famine?
Seven (2 Samuel 24:13).
Yes, included are 4 years of famine that earlier passed during David’s reign.

Three (I Chronicles 21:12).
Yes, not included are the 4 years of famine that earlier passed during David’s reign.
The wording in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles differs.
No Bible Contradiction

 

5. How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?
Twenty-two (2 Kings 8:26)
Yes, correct translation: ’he became 22 during his reign,’ which refers to the beginning of his reign.

Forty-two (2 Chronicles 22:2)
No, correct translation: ’he became 42 during his reign,’ which refers to the end of his reign.
An old mistranslation due to a misinterpretation.
No Bible Contradiction

 

6. How old was Jehoiachin when he became king of Jerusalem?
Eighteen (2 Kings 24:8)
Yes, he became actually a king at the age of eighteen, upon his father's death.

Eight (2 Chronicles 36:9)
Yes, he got the title of king at this age maybe to assure already early the position of his mother: mother of the king (2 Kings 24:15).
No Bible Contradiction

 

7. How long did he rule over Jerusalem?
Three months (2 Kings 24:8)
Yes, correct to the months.

Three months and ten days (2 Chronicles 36:9)
Yes, correct to the days, but not to the hours, the minutes and the seconds.
The critic suggests that the whole population of the world is lying if one only gives the time in years, when answering the question how old one is.
No Bible Contradiction

 

8. The chief of the mighty men of David lifted up his spear and killed how many men at one time?
Eight hundred (2 Samuel 23:8)
Wrong, Adino the Eznite was the chief of the three captains, who slew eight hundred.

Three hundred (I Chronicles 11:11)
Wrong, Jashobeam was the chief of the thirty heroes, who slew three hundred.
See the article: How many did the chief of David's captains kill? 
No Bible Contradiction

 

9. When did David bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem? Before defeating the Philistines or after?
After (2 Samuel 5 and 6)
Before (I Chronicles 13 and 14)
Wrong, there were always fightings against Philistines; after as well as before the bringing up of the ark. 
No Bible Contradiction

 

10. How many pairs of clean animals did God tell Noah to take into the Ark?
Two (Genesis 6:19-20)
One pair for the unclean animals and birds.

Seven (Genesis 7:2). But despite this last instruction only two pairs went into the ark (Genesis 7:8-9)
Seven pairs for the clean animals which were to be used for sacrificial worship. Indeed, all animals came by pairs of two into the ark, also the seven pairs of the clean animals (Genesis 7:8-9).
No Bible Contradiction

 

No Bible Contradictions