2 Samuel 24
David, tempted by Satan, forceth Joab to number the people.
2 Samuel 24:1 And agayne, the Lord was wroth agaynst Israel, and he moued Dauid agaynst them, in þt he sayde: go and nombre Israel and Iuda. 2 Samuel 24:2 For the kynge sayde to Ioab the captayne of his host: go thou abroade nowe, thorow out all the trybes of Israel, euen from Dan to Beer Seba, & nombre ye the people, that I maye knowe the nombre of them. 2 Samuel 24:3 And Ioab sayde vnto the kynge: I beseche þe Lorde thy God, to make þe people as many moo as they be: ye and an hundred tymes so many mo, and that the eyes of my Lorde the kynge maye se them. And what is the cause þt my Lorde the kynge hath a lust to this thinge? 2 Samuel 24:4 Not witstandynge the kynges worde preuayled agaynst Ioab and agaynst the captaynes of þe hoste: And Ioab and the captaynes of the host went out from the presence of the kynge, to nombre the people of Israel.
The captains, in nine months and twenty days, bring the muster of thirteen hundred thousand fighting men.
2 Samuel 24:5 And they passed ouer Iordan, and pitched in Aroer on the ryght syde of the cytie that lyeth in the myddes of the valeye of Gad, ouer agaynst Iazer. 2 Samuel 24:6 And then they came to Gilead, and to the nether lande, where was a newe habitacyon, & from thence they came to Dan Iaan about to Sidon, 2 Samuel 24:7 & came to the stronge holde of Tyre, and to all the cyties of the Heuites and of the Cananites, & then went out to þe South of Iuda, euen to Beerseba. 2 Samuel 24:8 And so, when they had bene abroade thorowe out all the lande, they returned to Ierusalem agayne, after the ende of nyne monethes and twentye dayes. 2 Samuel 24:9 And Ioab delyuered vp the nombre and summe of the people vnto the kynge. And there were in Israel eyghte hundred thousande men of myght þt drewe swerdes. And the men of Iuda were fyue hundred thousande men.
David, having three plagues propounded by Gad, repenteth, and chooseth the three days' pestilence.
2 Samuel 24:10 And Dauids hert smote hym, after that he had nombred the people. And Dauid sayde vnto the Lorde: I haue synned excedyngly in that I haue done. And nowe Lorde take awaye the trespace of thy seruaunt: for I haue done very folyshely. 2 Samuel 24:11 And when Dauid was vp in a morninge, the worde of the Lord came vnto the prophet Gad Dauids sear, sayinge: 2 Samuel 24:12 go and saye vnto Dauid, thus sayth þe Lord: I offer the thre thynges, chose þe which of them I shall do vnto the. 2 Samuel 24:13 So Gad came to Dauid, and shewed him, & sayde vnto him. Wilt thou haue seuen yeres hunger to come in thy lande, or wilt þu flee .iij. monethes before thyne enemies, they folowinge the, or that there be thre dayes pestilence in thy lande? Nowe therfore aduyse the, & se, what answere I shall geue to him þt sent me. 2 Samuel 24:14 And Dauid sayde vnto Gad: I am in extreme trouble. We will fall now into the hande of the Lorde, for moch is his mercye, and lett me not falle into the hande of man.
After the death of threescore and ten thousand, David by repentance preventeth the destruction of Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 24:15 And so þe Lorde sent a pestilence in Israel. from the mornynge vnto the tyme appoynted. And there dyed of the people from Dan to Beerseba seuenty thousande men. 2 Samuel 24:16 And when the Angell stretched out his hande vpon Ierusalem to destroye it, the Lorde had compassion to do that euell, and sayde to the Angell that destroyed þe people: it is nowe sufficient: holde thyne hande. And þe angell was by the thresshinge place of Arefna the Iebusite. 2 Samuel 24:17 And Dauid spake vnto the Lorde (when he sawe the angell that smote the people) and sayde: loo, it is I that haue synned, and I þt haue done wyckedly. But these shepe, what haue they done? lett thyne hande (I praye the) be agaynst me and agaynst my fathers house.
David, by Gad's direction, purchaseth Araunah's threshingfloor, where having sacrificed, the plague stayeth.
2 Samuel 24:18 And Gad came the same daye to Dauid, and sayde vnto him: go vp and reare an aultare vnto the Lord in the thresshinge flowre of Arefna the Iebusite. 2 Samuel 24:19 And Dauid (accordinge to the sayinge of Gad) went vp, as the Lorde commaunded. 2 Samuel 24:20 And Arefna loked, and sawe the kynge and his seruauntes cominge towarde him. And Arefna went out, and bowed him selfe before the kynge flat on his face vpon the grounde, 2 Samuel 24:21 and Arefna sayde wherfore is my Lorde the kynge come to his seruaunt? Dauid answered: to bye the thresshynge flowre of the, and to make an aultare vnto the Lorde, that the plage maye cease from the people. 2 Samuel 24:22 And Arefna sayde vnto Dauid: let my Lord the kynge take and offer what semyth him good in his eyes: Beholde, here be oxen for burnt sacrifyce, and steades and the other instrumentes of the oxen for wood. 2 Samuel 24:23 All these thynges dyd Arefna geue vnto the kynge, & sayde moreouer vnto the kynge: þe Lorde thy God accept the. 2 Samuel 24:24 And the kynge sayde vnto Arefna: not so, but I wyll bye it of the at a pryce, and wyll not offer sacrifyce vnto the Lorde my God of þt which doth cost me nothinge. And so Dauid bought þe thresshynge flowre, & the oxen for fyftie sycles of syluer. 2 Samuel 24:25 And Dauid buylt there an aultare vnto þe Lorde, & offered burnt sacrifyces and peace offeringes. And so the Lorde was intreated for the lande. And the plage ceased from Israel.