* David took not.
It seems probable, from this passage, that Joab began, by
David's order, to number the children, as well as adults, but
was prevented from finishing the account, probably because the
plague had begun. The numbering of the effective men might
have been deemed a political expedient; but pride and
ostentation alone could dictate the numbering of minors and
infants, especially as God had pronounced the seed of Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob, innumerable.
* from twenty.
* he would increase.
Ge 15:5 Heb 11:12