1st Chronicles 20

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The First Book of the Chronicles

Chapter 21


And Satan stood up4 against Israel, and provoked55 David to number2 Israel.


And David said4 to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go,3 number3 Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring54 the number of them to me, that I may know4 [it].


And Joab answered,4 The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more55 as they [be]: but, my lord the king, [are] they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require17 this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?


Nevertheless the king's word prevailed1 against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed,4 and went101 throughout all Israel, and came4 to Jerusalem.


And Joab gave4 the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew6 sword: and Judah [was] four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew6 sword.


But Levi and Benjamin counted1 he not among them: for the king's word was abominable8 to Joab.


And God was displeased4 5869 with this thing; therefore he smote55 Israel.


And David said4 unto God, I have sinned1 greatly, because I have done1 this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away54 the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.8


And the LORD spake17 unto Gad, David's seer, saying,2


Go3 and tell14 David, saying,2 Thus saith1 the LORD, I offer6 thee three [things]: choose3 thee one of them, that I may do4 [it] unto thee.


So Gad came4 to David, and said4 unto him, Thus saith1 the LORD, Choose16 thee


Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed12 before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies6 overtaketh56 [thee]; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying56 throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise3 thyself what word I shall bring again55 to him that sent6 me.


And David said4 unto Gad, I am in a great strait:1 let me fall4 now into the hand of the LORD; for very great [are] his mercies: but let me not fall4 into the hand of man.


So the LORD sent4 pestilence upon Israel: and there fell4 of Israel seventy thousand men.


And God sent4 an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy53 it: and as he was destroying,53 the LORD beheld,1 and he repented11 him of the evil, and said4 to the angel that destroyed,56 It is enough, stay54 now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood6 by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.


And David lifted up4 his eyes, and saw4 the angel of the LORD stand6 between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn7 sword in his hand stretched out7 over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders [of Israel, who were] clothed30 in sackcloth, fell4 upon their faces.


And David said4 unto God, [Is it] not I [that] commanded1 the people to be numbered?2 even I it is that have sinned1 and done evil52 indeed;53 but [as for] these sheep, what have they done?1 let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.


Then the angel of the LORD commanded1 Gad to say2 to David, that David should go up,4 and set up53 an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.


And David went up4 at the saying of Gad, which he spake14 in the name of the LORD.


And Ornan turned back,4 and saw4 the angel; and his four sons with him hid102 themselves. Now Ornan was threshing1 wheat.


And as David came4 to Ornan, Ornan looked55 and saw4 David, and went out4 of the threshingfloor, and bowed101 himself to David with [his] face to the ground.


Then David said4 to Ornan, Grant3 me the place of [this] threshingfloor, that I may build4 an altar therein unto the LORD: thou shalt grant3 it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed11 from the people.


And Ornan said4 unto David, Take3 [it] to thee, and let my lord the king do4 [that which is] good in his eyes: lo,3 I give1 [thee] the oxen [also] for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat offering; I give1 it all.


And king David said4 to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily2 buy4 it for the full price: for I will not take4 [that] which [is] thine for the LORD, nor offer53 burnt offerings without cost.


So David gave4 to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.


And David built4 there an altar unto the LORD, and offered55 burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called4 upon the LORD; and he answered4 him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.


And the LORD commanded4 the angel; and he put up his sword again55 into the sheath thereof.


At that time when David saw2 that the LORD had answered1 him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed4 there.


For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made1 in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, [were] at that season in the high place at Gibeon.


But David could1 not go2 before it to enquire2 of God: for he was afraid8 because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.

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