1Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
2David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel
from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of
3Joab said, Yahweh make his people a hundred times as many as they
are: but, my lord the king, aren’t they all my lord’s servants? Why does my
lord require this thing? Why will he be a cause of guilt to Israel?
4Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore Joab
departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
gave up the sum of the numbering of the people to David. All those of Israel
were one million one hundred thousand men who drew sword: and in Judah were
four hundred seventy thousand men who drew sword.
6But he didn’t count
Levi and Benjamin among them; for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.
7God was displeased with this thing; therefore he struck Israel.
8David said to God, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this
thing: but now, put away, I beg you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have
done very foolishly.
9Yahweh spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying,
and speak to David, saying, Thus says Yahweh, I offer you three things:
choose you one of them, that I may do it to you.
11So Gad came to David,
and said to him, Thus says Yahweh, Take which you will:
years of famine; or three months to be consumed before your foes, while the
sword of your enemies overtakes you; or else three days the sword of Yahweh,
even pestilence in the land, and the angel of Yahweh destroying throughout
all the borders of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer I shall return
to him who sent me.
13David said to Gad, I am in a great strait: let me
fall, I pray, into the hand of Yahweh; for very great are his mercies: and
let me not fall into the hand of man.
14So Yahweh sent a pestilence on
Israel; and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.
15God sent an
angel to Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was about to destroy, Yahweh saw,
and he repented him of the evil, and said to the destroying angel, It is
enough; now stay your hand. The angel of Yahweh was standing by the threshing
floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16David lifted up his eyes, and saw the
angel of Yahweh standing between earth and the sky, having a drawn sword in
his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in
sackcloth, fell on their faces.
17David said to God, Isn’t it I who
commanded the people to be numbered? It is even I who have sinned and done
very wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O
Yahweh my God, be against me, and against my father’s house; but not
against your people, that they should be plagued.
18Then the angel of
Yahweh commanded Gad to tell David, that David should go up, and raise an
altar to Yahweh in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of Yahweh.
20Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with
him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.
21As 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.
22Then David said to
Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build thereon an
altar to Yahweh: for the full price shall you give it me, that the plague may
be stayed from the people.
23Ornan said to David, Take it to you, and let
my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: behold, I give
you the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for
wood, and the wheat for the meal offering; I give it all.
said to Ornan, No; but I will most assuredly buy it for the full price: for I
will not take that which is your for Yahweh, nor offer a burnt offering
25So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels
of gold by weight.
26David built there an altar to Yahweh, and offered
burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on Yahweh; and he answered
him from the sky by fire on the altar of burnt offering.
commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath of it.
28At that time, when David saw that Yahweh had answered him in the
threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.
the tent of Yahweh, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of
burnt offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon.
David couldn’t go before it to inquire of God; for he was afraid because of
the sword of the angel of Yahweh.