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The "strait" was either three years of famine, three months of military defeat or three days of pestilence (1 Chronicles 21:12), and David chose the latter. The parallel account (2 Samuel 24:13) says the first option was seven years of famine, but this most likely was a scribal error in copying. Hebrew numbers are notoriously easy to misread, and most of the probable copyist errors in the Old Testament have to do with numbers.

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KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8


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