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Bible Commentaries
2 Samuel 24

Gann's Commentary on the BibleGann on the Bible

Verse 1

2 Samuel 24:1

cf the parallel in 1 Chronicles 21:1

Verse 1, an example of the "permissive will" of the Lord, verses the "causative will".

PERMIS’SIVE, a. Granting liberty; allowing.

1. Granted; suffered without hinderance. Thus I emboldened spake,and freedom used Permissive,and acceptance found.

CAUSATIVE, a. That expresses a cause or reason; also, that effects as a cause..

Other examples:

The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh.

This is no contradiction for the Lord had simply allowed Satan to prompt David to an improper course of action in order that Israel might be punished and that David might be instructed. This is similar to the Lord’s permitting Satan to trouble Job (Job 1:12; Job 2:6) and His allowing an evil spirit to torment Saul (1 Samuel 16:14; see comments there). In any case, the Lord Himself did not incite David to do evil for “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone” (James 1:13). BKC

Bibliographical Information
Gann, Windell. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 24". Gann's Commentary on the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gbc/2-samuel-24.html. 2021.
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