What is a “good piece of flesh”? This was a generous portion of meat.
What is a sheepcote? A sheepcote is a shelter for sheep.
Is a garrison a fort? Yes, this is a military camp or base. The word “garrison” could also refer to the men who are camped there.
What is a scribe? A scribe is a person who copied documents. They were also record keeper.
Are the Syrians back then the same as they are today? Yes, I am sure that they did not change very much?
Why did Satan cause David to number Israel? Good question.
It is said in 2Samuel 24:1 “And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.” God was angry with Israel. Satan was and is an accuser. God allowed Satan to tempt David to number Israel because God was going to use David’s sinful act to punish Israel. God had already promised that He would multiply Israel beyond the stars of the sky and the sand of the sea. There was no need to take a census. David, most likely being prideful, wanted an number of his military strength.
Why was abominable to Joab to count the people? Joab was smart enough to know that David was trusting in the strength of his military instead of trusting in God to take care of Israel. Joab knew that David was doing something very wrong. Joab did not number two of the largest tribes (Levi and Benjamin) possibly because he knew that what he was ordered to do was very wrong.
God was displeased why? One Bible scholar said that in those days it was only right for a man to number only that which he owned. David did not own Israel, God did. This is similar for someone else to count YOUR money. David was counting God’s people acting like they were his people.
What is a seer? A seer was another name for a prophet. 1Samuel 9:9 “(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)”
What is a mason? A mason is a craftsman who works with stone or brick.
Why did God not want David to build His house? 1Chronocles 22:8 “But the word of the LORD came to me (David), saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.”