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1 And again the anger of the
LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go,
number Israel and Judah.
2 For the king said to Joab the captain of
the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel,
from Dan even to Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number
of the people.
3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the
LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and
that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the
king delight in this thing?
4 Notwithstanding the kingís word
prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the
captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the
people of Israel.
5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched
in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the
river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the
land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,
7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and
to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to
the south of Judah, even to Beersheba.
8 So when they had gone through all the
land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
9 And Joab gave up the sum of the number
of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand
valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred
10 And Davidís heart smote
him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have
sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away
the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
11 For when David was up in the morning,
the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, Davidís seer, saying,
12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the
LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do
it unto thee.
13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and
said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt
thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that
there be three daysí pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I
shall return to him that sent me.
14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a
great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are
great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon
Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people
from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.
16 And when the angel stretched out his
hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said
to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And
the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
17 And David spake unto the LORD when he
saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have
done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray
thee, be against me, and against my fatherís house.
18 And Gad came that day to David, and
said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of
Araunah the Jebusite.
19 And David, according to the saying of
Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.
20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king
and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself
before the king on his face upon the ground.
21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord
the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee,
to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my
lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here
be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other
instruments of the oxen for wood.
23 All these things did Araunah, as
a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God
24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay;
but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt
offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David
bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
25 And David built there an altar unto the
LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated
for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.
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