1 Chronicles 21
David, tempted by Satan, forceth Joab to number the people.
1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stoode vp against Israel, and prouoked Dauid to number Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:2 And Dauid saide to Ioab, and to the rulers of the people, Goe, number Israel from Beer-sheba eueu to Dan: and bring the number of them to me, that I may know [it]. 1 Chronicles 21:3 And Ioab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many moe as they bee: but, my lord the king, are they not al my lords seruants? why then doeth my lord require this thing? why will hee bee a cause of trespasse to Israel? 1 Chronicles 21:4 Neuerthelesse, the kings word preuailed against Ioab: wherefore Ioab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Ierusalem.
The number of the people being brought, David repenteth of it.
1 Chronicles 21:5 And Ioab gaue the summe of the number of the people vnto Dauid: and all they of Israel were a thousand thousand, and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Iudah was foure hundred threescore and ten thousand men, that drew sword. 1 Chronicles 21:6 But Leui and Beniamin counted hee not among them: for the kings word was abominable to Ioab. 1 Chronicles 21:7 And God was displeased with this thing, therefore he smote Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:8 And Dauid saide vnto God, I haue sinned greatly, because I haue done this thing: but uow, I beseech thee, doe away the iniquitie of thy seruant, for I haue done very foolishly.
David, having three plagues propounded by Gad, chooseth the pestilence.
1 Chronicles 21:9 And the LORD spake vnto Gad, Dauids Seer, saying, 1 Chronicles 21:10 Goe and tell Dauid, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things, choose thee one of them, that I may doe [it] vnto thee. 1 Chronicles 21:11 So Gad came to Dauid, and said vnto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee 1 Chronicles 21:12 Either three yeeres famine, or three moneths to bee destroyed before thy foes (while that the sword of thine enemies ouertaketh [thee]) or else three dayes the sword of the LORD, euen the pestilence in the land, and the Angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore aduise thy selfe, what word I shall bring againe to him that sent me. 1 Chronicles 21:13 And Dauid said vnto Gad, I am in a great strait. Let mee fall now into the hand of the LORD (for very great [are] his mercies,) but let me not fall into the hand of man.
After the death of seventy thousand, David by repentance preventeth the destruction of Jerusalem. David, by Gad's direction, purchaseth Ornan's threshingfloor: where having built an altar, God giveth a sign of his favour by fire, and stayeth the plague.
1 Chronicles 21:14 So the LORD sent pestilence vpon Israel: and there fell of Israel, seuentie thousand men. 1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent an Angel vnto Ierusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the euill, and said to the Angel that destroyed, It is ynough, stay now thine hand. And the Angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floore of Ornan the Iebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:16 And Dauid lift vp his eyes, and saw the Angel of the LORD stand betweene the earth and the heauen, hauing a drawen sword in his hand stretched out ouer Ierusalem. Then Dauid and the Elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackecloth, fell vpon their faces. 1 Chronicles 21:17 And Dauid said vnto God, Is it not I [that] commanded the people to be numbred? euen I it is that haue sinned, and done euill indeed, but as for these sheepe, what haue they done? Let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my fathers house, but not on thy people, that they should bee plagued.
1 Chronicles 21:18 Then the Angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to Dauid, that Dauid should goe vp and set vp an Altar vnto the LORD, in the threshing floore of Ornan the Iebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:19 And Dauid went vp at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the Name of the LORD. 1 Chronicles 21:20 And Ornan turned backe and saw the Angel, and his foure sonnes with him, hid themselues. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 1 Chronicles 21:21 And as Dauid came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw Dauid, and went out of the threshing floore, and bowed himselfe to Dauid with his face to the ground. 1 Chronicles 21:22 Then Dauid saide to Ornan, Grant mee the place of [this] threshing floore, that I may build an Altar therein vnto the LORD: thou shalt grant it mee for the full price, that the plague may be stayed from the people. 1 Chronicles 21:23 And Ornan saide vnto Dauid, Take [it] to thee, and let my lord the king do that which [is] good in his eyes. Loe, I giue [thee] the oxen [also] for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meate offering, I giue it all. 1 Chronicles 21:24 And king Dauid said to Ornan; Nay, but I wil verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which [is] thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost. 1 Chronicles 21:25 So Dauid gaue to Ornan for the place, sixe hundred shekels of gold by weight. 1 Chronicles 21:26 And Dauid built there an Altar vnto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings, and peace offerings, and called vpon the LORD, and hee answered him from heauen by fire vpon the Altar of burnt offering. 1 Chronicles 21:27 And the LORD commaunded the Angel, and hee put vp his sword againe into the sheath thereof.
David sacrificeth there, being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the angel.
1 Chronicles 21:28 At that time, when Dauid saw that the LORD had answered him in the threshing floore of Ornan the Iebusite, then he sacrificed there. 1 Chronicles 21:29 For the tabernacle of the LORD which Moses made in the wildernesse, and the Altar of the burnt offering [were] at that season, in the high place at Gibeon: 1 Chronicles 21:30 But Dauid could not goe before it to euquire of God; for he was afraid, because of the sword of the Angel of the LORD.