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Gad (2)

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(גּד , gādh , "fortunate"): David's seer (ḥōzeh , 1 Chronicles 21:9 ; 1 Chronicles 29:29 ; 2 Chronicles 29:25 ), or prophet (nābhı̄ ); compare 1 Samuel 22:5 ; 2 Samuel 24:11 ). He appears (1) to advise David while an outlaw fleeing before Saul to return to the land of Judah (1 Samuel 22:5 ); (2) to rebuke David and give him his choice of punishments when, in spite of the advice of Joab and the traditional objections (compare Exodus 30:11 ), he had counted the children of Israel (2 Samuel 24:11 ; 1 Chronicles 21:9 ); (3) to instruct David to erect an altar on the threshing-floor of Araunah when the plague that had descended on Israel ceased (2 Samuel 24:18 ; 1 Chronicles 21:18 ); and (4) to assist in the arrangement of Levitical music with cymbals, psalteries and harps (compare 2 Chronicles 29:25 ). Of his writings none are known, though he is said to have written a history of a part of David's reign (1 Chronicles 29:29 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Gad (2)'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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