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2 Samuel

1 And again the anger of the LORD was kin­dled against Is­rael, and he moved David against them to say, Go, num­ber Is­rael and Ju­dah. 2 For the king said 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. 3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the peo­ple, how many so­ev­er they be, an hun­dred­fold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king de­light in this thing? 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. 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 to­ward Jaz­er: 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tah­timh­od­shi; and they came to Dan­jaan, and about to Zi­don, 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 Beer­she­ba. 8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twen­ty days. 9 And Joab gave up the sum of the num­ber of the peo­ple unto 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. 10 And David's heart smote him af­ter that he had num­bered the peo­ple. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned great­ly in that I have done: and now, I be­seech thee, O LORD, take away the in­iq­ui­ty of thy ser­vant; for I have done very fool­ish­ly. 11 For when David was up in the morn­ing, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, say­ing, 12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I of­fer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may ­do it unto thee. 13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall sev­en years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months be­fore thine en­e­mies, while they pur­sue thee? or that there be three days' pesti­lence in thy land? now ad­vise, and see what an­swer I shall re­turn to him that sent me. 14 And David said unto 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. 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 Beer­she­ba sev­en­ty thou­sand men. 16 And when the an­gel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to de­stroy it, the LORD re­pent­ed him of the evil, and said to the an­gel that de­stroyed the peo­ple, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the an­gel of the LORD was by the thresh­ing­place of Arau­nah the Je­busite. 17 And David spake unto 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 thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house. 18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an al­tar unto the LORD in the thresh­ingfloor of Arau­nah the Je­busite. 19 And David, ac­cord­ing to the say­ing of Gad, went up as the LORD com­mand­ed. 20 And Arau­nah looked, and saw the king and his ser­vants com­ing on to­ward him: and Arau­nah went out, and bowed him­self be­fore the king on his face upon the ground. 21 And Arau­nah said, Where­fore is my lord the king come to his ser­vant? And David said, To buy the thresh­ingfloor of thee, to build an al­tar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the peo­ple. 22 And Arau­nah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and of­fer up what seemeth good unto him: be­hold, here be oxen for burnt sac­ri­fice, and thresh­ing in­stru­ments and other in­stru­ments of the oxen for wood. 23 All these things did Arau­nah, as a king, give unto the king. And Arau­nah said unto the king, The LORD thy God ac­cept thee. 24 And the king said unto Arau­nah, Nay; but I will sure­ly buy it of thee at a price: nei­ther will I of­fer burnt of­fer­ings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me noth­ing. So David bought the thresh­ingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of sil­ver. 25 And David built there an al­tar unto the LORD, and of­fered burnt of­fer­ings and peace of­fer­ings. So the LORD was in­treat­ed for the land, and the plague was stayed from Is­rael.