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2 Samuel 24:2-4

“So the king said to Joab, the commander of the army, who was with him, “Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people.” But Joab said to the king, “May the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?” But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to number the people of Israel” – A true friend will not simply be a yes man (or a yes woman) and rubber stamp what they know to be wrong; but rather, will speak the truth in love — even when they know that their counsel may not be considered or even heard at all.

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