The LORD shall count, when he writes up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
Why should the Lord make out the census? The reason is — who else could do it? Imagine for a moment that the pen could be given to the Pope of Rome. I am sure he would omit yours and mine, because we are not obedient to the Pontifical See; and even if he were under authority and command, I am sure he would make a great splutter in trying to write the name "Martin Luther," and he would throw down his pen and utterly refuse to obey if he had to write the glorious name of John Calvin. Suppose, now, we put the pen into the hand of Bigotry — Bigotry who lives not quite so far off as Italy, but takes up her residence in our own land, and hard by our abode. I think I see her, with her face bitter as wormwood, and with her eyes full of darkness, and she, having written all the names down, reads, "There be few that shall be saved; they be so few that a child can count them."... God, and God only — God the only wise — shall have the writing up of the people, for there is no one to be found but God who could do it.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.