1 Chronicles 21
David, tempted by Satan, forceth Joab to number the people.
1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan rose up against Israel: and moved David to number Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:2 And David said to Joab, and to the rulers of the people: Go, and number Israel from Bersabee even to Dan, and bring me the number of them that I may know it. 1 Chronicles 21:3 And Joab answered: The Lord make his people a hundred times more than they are: but, my lord the king, are they not all thy servants: why doth my lord seek this thing, which may be imputed as a sin to Israel? 1 Chronicles 21:4 But the king's word rather prevailed: and Joab departed, and went through all Israel: and returned to Jerusalem.
The number of the people being brought, David repenteth of it.
1 Chronicles 21:5 And he gave David the number of them, whom he had surveyed: and all the number of Israel was found to be eleven hundred thousand men that drew the sword: and of Juda four hundred and seventy thousand fighting men. 1 Chronicles 21:6 But Levi and Benjamin he did not number: for Joab unwillingly executed the king's orders. 1 Chronicles 21:7 And God was displeased with this thing that was commanded: and he struck Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:8 And David said to God: I have sinned exceedingly in doing this: I beseech thee take away the iniquity of thy servant, for I have done foolishly.
David, having three plagues propounded by Gad, chooseth the pestilence.
1 Chronicles 21:9 And the Lord spoke to Gad the seer of David, saying: 1 Chronicles 21:10 Go, and speak to David, and tell him: Thus saith the Lord: I give thee the choice of three things: choose one which thou wilt, and I will do it to thee. 1 Chronicles 21:11 And when Gad was come to David, he said to him: Thus saith the Lord: choose which thou wilt: 1 Chronicles 21:12 Either three years famine: or three months to flee from thy enemies, and not to be able to escape their sword: or three days to have the sword of the Lord, and pestilence in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying in all the coasts of Israel: now therefore see what I shall answer him who sent me. 1 Chronicles 21:13 And David said to Gad: I am on every side in a great strait: but it is better for me to fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercies are many, than into the hands 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 the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel. And there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. 1 Chronicles 21:15 And he sent an angel to Jerusalem, to strike it: and as he was striking it, the Lord beheld, and took pity for the greatness of the evil: and said to the angel that destroyed: It is enough, now stop thy hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the thrashingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:16 And David lifting up his eyes, saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand, turned against Jerusalem: and both he and the ancients clothed in haircloth, fell down flat on the ground. 1 Chronicles 21:17 And David said to God: Am not I he that commanded the people to be numbered? It is I that have sinned: it is I that have done the evil: but as for this flock, what hath it deserved? O Lord my God, let thy hand be turned, I beseech thee, upon me, and upon my father's house: and let not thy people be destroyed.
1 Chronicles 21:18 And the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to tell David, to go up, and build an altar to the Lord God in the thrashingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:19 And David went up, according to the word of Gad, which he spoke to him in the name of the Lord. 1 Chronicles 21:20 Now when Ornan looked up, and saw the angel, he and his four sons hid themselves: for at that time he was thrashing wheat in the floor. 1 Chronicles 21:21 And as David was coming to Ornan, Ornan saw him, and went out of the thrashingfloor to meet him, and bowed down to him with his face to the ground. 1 Chronicles 21:22 And David said to him: Give me this place of thy thrashingfloor, that I may build therein an altar to the Lord: but thou shalt take of me as much money as it is worth, that the plague may cease from the people. 1 Chronicles 21:23 And Ornan said to David: Take it, and let my lord the king do all that pleaseth him: and moreover the oxen also I give for a holocaust, and the drays for wood, and the wheat for the sacrifice: I will give it all willingly. 1 Chronicles 21:24 And king David said to him: It shall not be so, but I will give thee money as much as it is worth: for I must not take it from thee, and so offer to the Lord holocausts free cost. 1 Chronicles 21:25 So David gave to Ornan for the place, six hundred sicles of gold of just weight. 1 Chronicles 21:26 And he built there an altar to the Lord: and he offered holocausts, and peace offerings, and he called upon the Lord, and he heard him by sending fire from heaven upon the altar of the holocaust. 1 Chronicles 21:27 And the Lord commanded the angel: and he put up his sword again into the sheath.
David sacrificeth there, being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the angel.
1 Chronicles 21:28 And David seeing that the Lord had heard him in the thrashingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, forthwith offered victims there. 1 Chronicles 21:29 But the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses made in the desert, and the altar of holocausts, was at that time in the high place of Gabaon. 1 Chronicles 21:30 And David could not go to the altar there to pray to God: for he was seized with an exceeding great fear, seeing the sword of the angel of the Lord.