- And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
- And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan;
and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them.
- And Joab said, Jehovah make his people a hundred times as many as they are: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants?
why doth my lord require this thing?
why will he be a cause of guilt unto Israel?
- Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab.
Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
- And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people unto David.
And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and a hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
- But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them;
for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.
- And God was displeased with this thing;
therefore he smote Israel.
- And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing: but now, put away, I beseech thee, the iniquity of thy servant;
for I have done very foolishly.
- And Jehovah spake unto Gad, David’s seer, saying,
- Go and speak unto David, saying, Thus saith Jehovah, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.
- So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Take which thou wilt:
- either three years of famine;
or three months to be consumed before thy foes, while the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee;
or else three days the sword of Jehovah, even pestilence in the land, and the angel of Jehovah destroying throughout all the borders of Israel.
Now therefore consider what answer I shall return to him that sent me.
- And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall, I pray, into the hand of Jehovah;
for very great are his mercies: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
- So Jehovah sent a pestilence upon Israel;
and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.
- And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was about to destroy, Jehovah beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the destroying angel, It is enough;
now stay thy hand.
And the angel of Jehovah was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
- And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of Jehovah standing between earth and heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem.
Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
- And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered?
even I it is that have sinned and done very wickedly;
but these sheep, what have they done?
let thy hand, I pray thee, O Jehovah my God, be against me, and against my father’s house;
but not against thy people, that they should be plagued.
- Then the angel of Jehovah commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and rear an altar unto Jehovah in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
- And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of Jehovah.
- And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel;
and his four sons that were with him hid themselves.
Now Ornan was threshing wheat.
- 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.
- Then David said to Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build thereon an altar unto Jehovah: for the full price shalt thou give it me, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
- And Ornan said unto 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 for burnt-offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meal-offering;
I give it all.
- And king David said to Ornan, Nay;
but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for Jehovah, nor offer a burnt-offering without cost.
- So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.
- And David built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon Jehovah;
and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering.
- And Jehovah commanded the angel;
and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof.
- At that time, when David saw that Jehovah had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.
- For the tabernacle of Jehovah, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt-offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon.
- But David could not go before it to inquire of God;
for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Jehovah.