And Joabanswered, The LORDmake his people an hundredtimes so manymore as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’sservants? why thendoth my lordrequirethisthing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?
And Joabgave the sum of the number of the peopleuntoDavid. And all they of Israelwere a thousandthousand and an hundredthousand men thatdrewsword: and Judah was fourhundredthreescore and ten thousand men thatdrewsword.
Eitherthreeyears’famine; or threemonths to be destroyedbefore thy foes, whilethat the sword of thineenemiesovertakeththee; or elsethreedays the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORDdestroyingthroughout all the coasts of Israel. Now thereforeadvisethyselfwhatword I shallbringagain to him thatsent me.
And God sent an angeluntoJerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORDbeheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angelthatdestroyed, It is enough, stay now thinehand. And the angel of the LORDstood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
And Davidlifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORDstandbetween the earth and the heaven, having a drawnsword in his handstretched out overJerusalem. ThenDavid and the elders of Israel, who wereclothed in sackcloth, fellupontheirfaces.
And Davidsaidunto God, Is it not I thatcommanded the people to be numbered? even I it is thathavesinned and doneevilindeed; but as for thesesheep, whathavetheydone? let thinehand, I praythee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’shouse; but not on thy people, thattheyshould be plagued.
And OrnansaiduntoDavid, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do thatwhich is good in his eyes: lo, I givethee the oxenalso for burntofferings, and the threshinginstruments for wood, and the wheat for the meatoffering; I give it all.