1 The census of Israel and Judah
2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, [b]Go now through all the tribes of Israel, Judg. 20:1from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye the people, that Jer. 17:5I 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.
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.
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: See 1 Chr. 21:5and 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 1 Sam. 24:5David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, ch. 12:13I 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 1 Sam. 13:13done very foolishly.
11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the Lord came unto the prophet 1 Sam. 22:5Gad, David's 1 Sam. 9:9;1 Chr. 29:29seer, 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 See 1 Chr. 21:12seven 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; Ps. 103:8,13,14;& 119:156for his mercies are [e]great: and See Is. 47:6;Zech. 1:15let me not fall into the hand of man.
15 So 1 Chr. 21:14;& 27:24the 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.
16 David builds an altar
16 Ex. 12:23And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, Gen. 6:6;1 Sam. 15:11;Joel 2:13,14the 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 2 Chr. 3:1[f]Araunah the Jebusite.
17 And David spake unto the Lord when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, 1 Chr. 21:17I 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.
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? See Gen. 23:8-16And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the Lord, that Num. 16:48,50the 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: 1 Ki. 19:21behold, 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 Ezek. 20:40,41accept 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 See 1 Chr. 21:24,25David 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. ch. 21:14So the Lord was intreated for the land, and ver. 21the plague was stayed from Israel.