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1 Chronicles 21

David, tempted by Satan, forceth Joab to number the people.

1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stode vp agaynst Israel, & prouoked Dauid to nombre Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:2 And Dauid sayde to Ioab and to the rulers of þe people. Go ye and nombre Israel from Beer Seba to Dan, and brynge it to me that I maye know the nombre of them. 1 Chronicles 21:3 And Ioab answered: the Lorde make hys people an hundred tymes so manye mo as they be. But my Lorde O king, are they not all my Lordes seruauntes? why then doth my Lorde requyre thys thynge? why wyll my Lorde be a cause of trespace to Israel? 1 Chronicles 21:4 Neuerthelesse, the kynges worde preuayled agaynst Ioab. And Ioab departed and walked thorowe out all them of Israel, and came to Ierusalem agayne

The number of the people being brought, David repenteth of it.

1 Chronicles 21:5 & gaue the nombre of the counte of the people vnto Dauid. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousande & an hundred thousande men that drue swerde: and Iuda was .cccc.lxx. thousande men that drue swerd. 1 Chronicles 21:6 But þe Leuites and Ben Iamin counted he not amonge them. For þe kynges worde was abhominable to Ioab. 1 Chronicles 21:7 And the Lorde was displeased with thys thynge, and smote Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:8 And Dauid sayde vnto God: I haue synned exceadyngly in doynge this thynge. And nowe (I beseche the) do awaye the wyckednesse of thy seruaunt, for I haue done very folyshlye.

David, having three plagues propounded by Gad, chooseth the pestilence.

1 Chronicles 21:9 And the Lorde spake vnto Gad Dauids sear, sayinge: 1 Chronicles 21:10 goo and tell Dauid, sayinge: Thus sayth þe Lorde: I geue the, the choyse of thre thynges: chose the one of them, that I maye do vnto the. 1 Chronicles 21:11 And Gad came to Dauid, and sayde vnto hym. Thus sayth the Lorde. Chose the, 1 Chronicles 21:12 ether thre yeares famyshement, or thre monethes to be destroyed before thyne aduersaryes, and that þe swerde of thyne enemyes maye ouertake the: or else the swerde of the Lorde and pestilence in the lande thre dayes, and þe Angell of the Lorde destroying thorowe out all þe coastes of Israel. And nowe aduise thy selfe, what worde I shall brynge agayne to hym that sent me. 1 Chronicles 21:13 And Dauid sayde vnto Gad. I am in an exceadynge straite: Let me fall nowe into the hande of the Lorde, for passynge great are hys mercyes, but let me not fall into the hand of men.

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 þe Lorde sent pestilence vpon Israel, and there were ouerthrowen of Israel .lxx. thousande men. 1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent the Angel into Ierusalem to destroye in it. And as he was about to destroye, þe Lord behelde, and had compassyon on the euyll, and sayde to the Angell þt destroyed: it is ynough, let now thyne hande ceasse. And the Angell of the Lorde stode by þe thresshynge flowre of Ornan the Iebusyte. 1 Chronicles 21:16 And Dauid lyfte vp hys eyes, and sawe þe Angell of the Lord stande betwene þe erth and heauen, hauynge a drawen swerde in hys hande, stretched out towarde Ierusalem. Then Dauid & þe elders of Israel whych were clothed in sacke, fell vpon theyr faces. 1 Chronicles 21:17 And Dauid sayd vnto God: Is it not I that commaunded þe people to be nombred? It is I that haue synned & done euell in dede, & what haue these shepe done? let thyne hande (O Lorde my God) be on me and on my fathers house, but not on thy people that they shulde be punysshed.

1 Chronicles 21:18 And the Angell of the Lorde commaunded Gad to saye to Dauid, that Dauid shulde go vp, and set vp an aulter vnto the Lorde, in the thresshynge flowre of Ornan the Iebusyte. 1 Chronicles 21:19 And Dauid went vp accordynge to the sayinge of Gad, which he spake in the name of þe Lorde. 1 Chronicles 21:20 And Ornan turned aboute, and sawe the Angell, & hys foure sonnes were with hym, and hyd them selues: But Ornan was thresshyng wheat. 1 Chronicles 21:21 And as Dauid came to Ornan, Ornan loked & sawe Dauid, and went out of the thresshynge floure, and bowed hym selfe to Dauid wyth his face to the grounde. 1 Chronicles 21:22 And Dauid sayde to Ornan: geue me the place of the thresshyng flowre, that I maye buyld an aulter therin vnto the Lord. Thou shalt geue it me for as moche money as it is worthe, that the plage maye cease from the people. 1 Chronicles 21:23 And Ornan sayde vnto Dauid: take it to the, & let my Lord þe kyng do that which semeth good in his eyes: loo, I geue the oxen also for burnt sacrifyces, & þe thresshyng sleades for wodde, & wheate for meat offeryng: I geue it all. 1 Chronicles 21:24 And kynge Dauid sayd to Ornan: not so, but I wyll bye it for as moche moneye as it is worth. For I wyll not take that whych is thyne for the Lorde, ner offer burntoffrynges wythout coast. 1 Chronicles 21:25 And so Dauid gaue to Ornan for that place, sycles of gold .vi. hundred by waight. 1 Chronicles 21:26 And Dauid buylt there an aulter vnto the Lord, and offered burntofferynges & peaceoffrynges, and called vpon the Lord, and he heard hym from heauen in fyre vpon the aulter of burntoffering. 1 Chronicles 21:27 And whan the Lord had spoken to þe Angell, he put vp his swerd agayne into þe shethe of it.

David sacrificeth there, being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the angel.

1 Chronicles 21:28 At that tyme when Dauid sawe, that the Lorde had hearde hym in the thresshynge flowre of Ornan the Iebusyte: he vsed to offer there. 1 Chronicles 21:29 For the tabernacle of the Lord which Moses made in the wildernesse, and the aulter of burntofferynge were at that ceason in the hyll at Gibeon. 1 Chronicles 21:30 And Dauid coulde not go before it to aske councell at God, for he was aferde of the swerde of the Angell of the Lorde.

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