1 Chronicles 21
1 Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.
2 And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba to Dan, and bring the number of them to me that I may know it.
3 And Joab answered, May Jehovah make His people a hundred times more than they are.
But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? Why then does my lord desire
this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt to Israel?
4 Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Therefore Joab departed and went
throughout all Israel and came to Jerusalem.
5 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people to David. All Israel had one million
one hundred thousand men who drew the sword, and Judah had four hundred and seventy
thousand men who drew the sword.
6 But he did not count Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king's word was
abhorrent to Joab.
7 And this thing caused the eye of God to quiver; therefore He struck Israel.
8 So David said to God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing; but now, I
pray, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.
9 And Jehovah spoke to Gad, David's seer, saying,
10 Go and speak to David, saying, Thus says Jehovah: I offer you three things; choose
one of them for yourself, that I may do it to you.
11 So Gad came to David and said to him, Thus says Jehovah: Choose for yourself,
12 either three years of famine, or three months of being defeated before your foes with
the sword of your enemies overtaking you, or else for three days the sword of Jehovah; the
plague in the land, with the Angel of Jehovah destroying throughout all the territory of
Israel. Now consider what word I shall return to the One sending me.
13 And David said to Gad, I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of
Jehovah, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.
14 So Jehovah sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell.
15 And God sent the Angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. As he was destroying, Jehovah
looked and was moved to compassion regarding the evil, and said to the Angel who was
destroying, It is enough; now restrain Your hand. And the Angel of Jehovah stood by the
threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16 And David lifted his eyes and saw the Angel of Jehovah standing between earth and
the heavens, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. And David
and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces.
17 And David said to God, Was it not I who commanded the people to be numbered? I
am the one who has sinned and done evil indeed; but these sheep, what have they done?
Let Your hand, I pray, O Jehovah my God, be against me and my father's house, but not
against Your people to be plagued.
18 And the Angel of Jehovah commanded Gad to say to David that David should go
and set up an altar unto Jehovah on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
19 So David went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the name of Jehovah.
20 And Ornan turned and saw the Angel; and his four sons who were with him hid
themselves. Now Ornan had been threshing wheat.
21 And David came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw David. And he went out from
the threshing floor, and bowed to David with his face to the ground.
22 And David said to Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build an
altar on it unto Jehovah. You shall give it to me for the full price, that the plague may be
restrained from the people.
23 And Ornan said to David, Take it to yourself, and let my lord the king do what is good
in his eyes. See, I have also given you the oxen for burnt offerings, the threshing
implements for wood, and the wheat for the grain offering; I have given it all.
24 And King David said to Ornan, No, but I will buy to acquire it for the full price, for I
will not take away what is yours for Jehovah, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.
25 So David gave to Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place.
26 And David built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered burnt offerings and peace
offerings, and called upon Jehovah; and He answered him from the heavens by fire upon
the altar of burnt offering.
27 And Jehovah commanded the Angel, and He returned His sword to its sheath.
28 At that time, when David saw that Jehovah had answered him at the threshing floor of
Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.
29 For the tabernacle of Jehovah and the altar of the burnt offering, which Moses had
made in the wilderness, were at that time at the high place in Gibeon.
30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he had been terrified of the
sword of the Angel of Jehovah.