24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel,
and he moved David against them to say, Go number Israel and
24:2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, who
[was] with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from
Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye the people, that I may
know the number of the people.
24:3 And Joab said to the king, Now the LORD thy God add to the
people, how many soever they may be, a hundred-fold, and that
the eyes of my lord the king may see [it]: but why doth my lord
the king delight in this thing?
24:4 Notwithstanding the king's word prevailed against Joab, and
against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of
the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the
people of Israel.
24:5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the
right side of the city that [lieth] in the midst of the river
of Gad, and towards Jazer:
24:6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi;
and they came to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon,
24:7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities
of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the
south of Judah, [even] to Beer-sheba.
24:8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to
Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
24:9 And Joab presented the sum of the number of the people to
the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand
valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah [were]
five hundred thousand men.
24:10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the
people. And David said to the LORD, I have sinned greatly in
what I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away
the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
24:11 For when David had risen in the morning, the word of the
LORD came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
24:12 Go and say to David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee
three [things]; choose thee one of them, that I may [do it] to
24:13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said to him, Shall
seven years of famine come upon thee in thy land? or wilt thou
flee three months before thy enemies, while they pursue thee?
or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? Now
consider, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent
24:14 And David said to Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall
now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies [are] great: and
let me not fall into the hand of man.
24:15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning
even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from
Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.
24:16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem
to destroy it, the LORD repented of the evil, and said to the
angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thy
hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing-place of
Araunah the Jebusite.
24:17 And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel that
smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done
wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thy hand, I
pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.
24:18 And Gad came that day to David, and said to him, Go up,
rear an altar to the LORD in the threshing-floor of Araunah the
24:19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the
24:20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants
coming towards him: And Araunah went out, and bowed himself
before the king on his face upon the ground.
24:21 And Araunah said, Why is my lord the king come to his
servant? And David said, To buy the threshing-floor of thee, to
build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from
24:22 And Araunah said to David, Let my lord the king take and
offer up what [seemeth] good to him: behold, [here are] oxen
for burnt-sacrifice, and threshing-instruments and [other]
instruments of the oxen for wood.
24:23 All these [things] did Araunah, [as] a king, give to the
king. And Araunah said to the king, The LORD thy God accept
24:24 And the king said to Araunah, No; but I will surely buy
[it] of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt-offerings
to the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David
bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of
24:25 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered
burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. So the LORD was entreated
for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.