1 Chronicles 21
David, tempted by Satan, forceth Joab to number the people.
1 Chronicles 21:1 Then the accuser stood up, against Israel,and moved David, to number Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:2 And David said unto Joab and unto the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel, from Beer-sheba even unto Dan,and bring [the report] unto me, that I may know the number of them. 1 Chronicles 21:3 Then said Joab, May Yahweh add unto his people, as many as they are, a hundred times, but are they not, my lord O king, all of them my lord's, as servants? wherefore should my lord seek this? wherefore should it become guilt to Israel? 1 Chronicles 21:4 But, the word of the king, prevailed against Joab,and Joab departed, and went to and fro throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
The number of the people being brought, David repenteth of it.
1 Chronicles 21:5 And Joab delivered the sum of the number of the people, unto David,and all Israel was found to be a thousand thousand and a hundred thousand men, who drew sword, and Judah, four hundred and seventy thousand men, who drew sword. 1 Chronicles 21:6 But, Levi and Benjamin, counted he not among them,for detestable was the word of the king unto Joab. 1 Chronicles 21:7 And it was displeasing in the eyes of God, concerning this thing,therefore smote he Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:8 And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing,but, now, I beseech thee, take away the iniquity of thy servant, for I have shown myself very foolish.
David, having three plagues propounded by Gad, chooseth the pestilence.
1 Chronicles 21:9 Then spake Yahweh unto Gad, the seer of David saying: 1 Chronicles 21:10 Goand thou shalt speak unto David, saying, Thus, saith Yahweh, Three things, do I offer thee,choose thee one from among them, that I may do it unto thee. 1 Chronicles 21:11 So Gad came unto David,and said to him, Thus, saith Yahweh, 1 Chronicles 21:12 Choose thee:Whether, for three years, [there be] famine, Or, for three months, that thou flee before thine adversaries, while the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee, Or, for three days, the sword of Yahweh, and pestilence be in the land, with, the messenger of Yahweh, laying waste throughout all the boundary of Israel,Now, therefore, see, what, answer, I shall return unto him that sent me. 1 Chronicles 21:13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait,Oh let me fall, I pray thee, into the hand of Yahweh, for abounding are his compassions, exceedingly, but, into the hand of man, let me not fall.
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 Yahweh laid pestilence, upon Israel,and there fell, of Israel, seventy thousand men. 1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent a messenger to Jerusalem, to lay it waste, but, as he was laying it waste, Yahweh looked, and relented concerning the calamity, and said unto the messenger who was laying waste, Enough! now, stay thy hand. And, the messenger of Yahweh, was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:16 And, when David lifted up his eyes, and saw the messenger of Yahweh, standing, between the earth and the heavens, and his sword drawn, in his hand, stretched out over Jerusalem, then fell David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, upon their faces. 1 Chronicles 21:17 And David said unto God, Was it not, I, who gave word to number the people? Yea, I, it was who sinned and did the great wrong, what then had, these sheep, done? O Yahweh, my God, let thy hand, I beseech thee, be against me, and against the house of my father, but not against, thy people, that they should be plagued!
1 Chronicles 21:18 And, the messenger of Yahweh, commanded Gad, to say unto David,that David should go up, to rear an altar unto Yahweh, in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:19 So David went up, according to the word of Gad, which he spake in the name of Yahweh. 1 Chronicles 21:20 And Ornan turned, and saw the messenger, but, his four sons with him, were hiding themselves,now, Ornan, had been threshing wheat. 1 Chronicles 21:21 Then came David unto Ornan,and Ornan looked, and saw David, and went forth out of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself unto David, with his face to the ground. 1 Chronicles 21:22 And David said unto Ornan, Grant me the place of the threshing-floor, that I may build thereon an altar, unto Yahweh,for silver in full, shalt thou grant it me, that the plague may be stayed from off the people. 1 Chronicles 21:23 And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do what is good in his own eyes,see! I have given the oxen for ascending-sacrifices, and, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for a meal-offering,the whole, have I given. 1 Chronicles 21:24 Then said King David to Ornan, Nay! but I will, surely buy, it for silver in full,for I will not take that which is thine for Yahweh, nor offer an ascending-sacrifice that hath cost me nothing. 1 Chronicles 21:25 So David gave to Ornan, for the place,shekels of gold, by weight, six hundred. 1 Chronicles 21:26 And David built there an altar unto Yahweh, and caused to go up ascending-sacrifices, and peace-offerings,and called unto Yahweh, and he responded to him, by fire, out of the heavens, upon the altar of ascending-sacrifice. 1 Chronicles 21:27 And Yahweh gave word to tile messenger, and he put back his sword into its sheath.
David sacrificeth there, being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the angel.
1 Chronicles 21:28 At that time, when David saw that Yahweh had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there. 1 Chronicles 21:29 But, the habitation of Yahweh, which Moses made in the desert, and the altar of ascending-sacrifice, were, at that time, in the high place at Gibeon; 1 Chronicles 21:30 and David could not go before it, to seek God,for he had been terrified, because of the sword of the messenger of Yahweh.