For the kingsaid to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.
And Joabsaidunto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how manysoeverthey be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the kingdelight in thisthing?
And David’sheartsmote him afterthat he had numbered the people. And Davidsaidunto the LORD, I havesinnedgreatly in that I havedone: and now, I beseechthee, O LORD, takeaway the iniquity of thy servant; for I havedoneveryfoolishly.
So Gad came to David, and told him, and saidunto him, Shallsevenyears of faminecomeuntothee in thy land? or wiltthoufleethreemonthsbeforethineenemies, whiletheypursuethee? or thatthere be threedays’pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see whatanswer I shallreturn to him thatsent me.
And when the angelstretched out his handuponJerusalem to destroy it, the LORDrepented him of the evil, and said to the angelthatdestroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thinehand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
And Davidspakeunto the LORDwhen he saw the angelthatsmote the people, and said, Lo, I havesinned, and I havedonewickedly: but thesesheep, whathavetheydone? let thinehand, I praythee, be against me, and against my father’shouse.
And the kingsaiduntoAraunah, Nay; but I willsurely buy it of thee at a price: neitherwill I offerburntofferingsunto the LORD my God of thatwhichdothcost me nothing. So Davidbought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fiftyshekels of silver.