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23 When David decided to count the people of Israel, he gave orders not to count anyone under twenty years of age, because the Lord had promised long ago that Israel would have as many people as there are stars in the sky. 24 Joab the son of Zeruiah had begun to count the people, but he stopped when the Lord began punishing Israel. So the total number was never included in David’s official records.

Officials in Charge of the King’s Property

25 Azmaveth the son of Adiel was in charge of the king’s personal storage rooms. Jonathan the son of Uzziah was in charge of the king’s other storerooms that were in the towns, the villages, and the defense towers in Israel.

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