1 Chronicles 21
David, tempted by Satan, forceth Joab to number the people.
1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and incited David to number Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:2 And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know [it]. 1 Chronicles 21:3 And Joab answered, the LORD make his people a hundred times more numerous than they [are]: but, my lord the king, [are] they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? 1 Chronicles 21:4 Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
The number of the people being brought, David repenteth of it.
1 Chronicles 21:5 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people to David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and a hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah [was] four hundred and seventy thousand men that drew sword. 1 Chronicles 21:6 But Levi and Benjamin he counted not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab. 1 Chronicles 21:7 And God was displeased with this thing, therefore he smote Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:8 And David said to God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
David, having three plagues propounded by Gad, chooseth the pestilence.
1 Chronicles 21:9 And the LORD spoke to Gad, David's seer, saying, 1 Chronicles 21:10 Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee [three] things; choose thee one of them, that I may do [it] to thee. 1 Chronicles 21:11 So Gad came to David, and said to him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee 1 Chronicles 21:12 Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while the sword of thy enemies overtaketh [thee]; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me. 1 Chronicles 21:13 And David said to Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great [are] his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.
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 pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. 1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thy hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders [of Israel], [who were] clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 1 Chronicles 21:17 And David said to God, [Is it] not I [that] commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but [as for] these sheep, what have they done? let thy 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 afflicted.
1 Chronicles 21:18 Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and erect an altar to the LORD in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 1 Chronicles 21:19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of the LORD. 1 Chronicles 21:20 And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 1 Chronicles 21:21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked, and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to David with [his] face to the ground. 1 Chronicles 21:22 Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of [this] threshing-floor, that I may build an altar in it to the LORD: thou shalt grant it to me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from the people. 1 Chronicles 21:23 And Ornan said to David, Take [it] to thee, and let my lord the king do [that which is] good in his eyes: lo, I give [thee] the oxen [also] for burnt-offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat-offering; I give it all. 1 Chronicles 21:24 And king David said to Ornan, No; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take [that] which [is] thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt-offerings without cost. 1 Chronicles 21:25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight. 1 Chronicles 21:26 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering. 1 Chronicles 21:27 And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again 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 the LORD had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there. 1 Chronicles 21:29 For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt-offering, [were] at that season in the high place at Gibeon. 1 Chronicles 21:30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.