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1 Chronicles 21 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Census Brings Plague

(2Sa 24:1–25 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:1 -

Then Satan stood up against Israel and incited David to count Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:2 - So David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, “Go, count Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me word so that I may know their number.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:3 - But Joab said, “May the LORD add to His people a hundred times as many as they are! My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why does my lord seek this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt to Israel?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:4 - Nevertheless, the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore, Joab departed and went throughout Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:5 - Then Joab gave the number of the census of the people to David. Israel was 1,100,000 men in all who drew the sword; and Judah was 470,000 men who drew the sword.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:6 - But he did not [fn]count Levi and Benjamin among them, because the king’s [fn]command was abhorrent to Joab.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:7 -

Now [fn]God was displeased with this thing, so He struck Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:8 - David said to God, “I have sinned greatly, [fn]by doing this thing. But now, please overlook Your servant’s guilt, for I have behaved very foolishly.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:9 -

The LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:10 - “Go and speak to David, saying, ‘This is what the LORD says: “I extend to you three choices; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:11 - So Gad came to David and said to him, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Take for yourself
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:12 - three years of famine, or three months to be swept away before your foes while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the LORD: a plague in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout the territory of Israel.’ Now, therefore, consider what answer I shall bring back to Him who sent me.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:13 - David said to Gad, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are very great. But do not let me fall into human hands.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:14 -

So the LORD [fn]sent a plague on Israel; seventy thousand men of Israel fell.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:15 - And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but as he was about to destroy it, the LORD saw and was sorry about the catastrophe, and said to the destroying angel, “It is enough; now relax your hand.” And the angel of the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of [fn]Ornan the Jebusite.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:16 - Then David raised his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, covered with sackcloth, fell on their faces.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:17 - And David said to God, “Is it not I who [fn]commanded to count the people? Indeed, I am the one who has sinned and acted very wickedly, but these sheep, what have they done? LORD, my God, just let Your hand be against me and my father’s household, and not against Your people as a plague.”

David’s Altar

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:18 -

Then the angel of the LORD [fn]commanded Gad to say to David, that David was to go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:19 - So David went up at the word of Gad, which he spoke in the name of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:20 - Now Ornan turned back and saw the angel, and his four sons who were with him hid themselves. And Ornan was threshing wheat.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:21 - As David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out from the threshing floor and prostrated himself to David with his face to the ground.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:22 - Then David said to Ornan, “Give me the [fn]site of this threshing floor, so that I may build on it an altar to the LORD; you shall give it to me for the full price, so that the plague may be brought to a halt from the people.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:23 - But Ornan said to David, “Take it for yourself, and may my lord the king do what is good in his sight. See, I am giving the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing sledges for wood and the wheat for the grain offering; I am giving it all.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:24 - Nevertheless, King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will certainly buy it for the full price; for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer a burnt offering [fn]which costs me nothing.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:25 - So David gave Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the [fn]site.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:26 - Then David built an altar there to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And he called to the LORD, and He answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:27 - The LORD commanded the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:28 -

At that time, when David saw that the LORD had answered him on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he offered sacrifice there.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:29 - For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were on the high place at Gibeon at that time.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:30 - But David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was terrified by the sword of the angel of the LORD.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit muster
Lit word
Lit it was evil in the sight of God
that I did
Lit gave
In 2 Sam 24:16, Araunah
Lit said
Lit said to
Lit place
Lit gratuitously
Lit place

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