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1 Chronicles 21 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:1 - Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:2 - So David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, “Go, number Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring the number of them to me that I may know it.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:3 - And Joab answered, “May the LORD 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 require this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt in Israel?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:4 - Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came to Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:5 - Then 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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:6 - But he did not count Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:7 - And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He struck Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:8 - 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.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:9 - Then the LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:10 - “Go and tell David, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “I offer you three things; choose one of them for yourself, that I may do it to you.” ’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:11 - So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Choose for yourself,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:12 - ‘either three[fn] years of famine, or three months to be defeated by your foes with the sword of your enemies overtaking you, or else for three days the sword of the LORD—the plague in the land, with the angel[fn] of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now consider what answer I should take back to Him who sent me.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:13 - And 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 the hand of man.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:14 - So the LORD sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:15 - And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. As he[fn] was destroying, the LORD looked and relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who was destroying, “It is enough; now restrain your[fn] hand.” And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floor of Ornan[fn] the Jebusite.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:16 - Then David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. So David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:17 - 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 LORD my God, be against me and my father’s house, but not against Your people that they should be plagued.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:18 - Therefore, the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David that David should go and erect 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 had spoken in the name of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:20 - Now Ornan turned and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with him hid themselves, but Ornan continued threshing wheat.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:21 - So David came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw David. And he went out from the threshing floor, and bowed before David with his face to the ground.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:22 - Then David said to Ornan, “Grant me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build an altar on it to the LORD. You shall grant it to me at the full price, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:23 - But Ornan said to David, “Take it to yourself, and let my lord the king do what is good in his eyes. Look, I also give you the oxen for burnt offerings, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for the grain offering; I give it all.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:24 - Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:25 - So David gave Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:26 - And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the LORD; and He answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:27 - So 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 sacrificed there.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:29 - For the tabernacle of the LORD and the altar of the burnt offering, which Moses had made in the wilderness, were at that time at the high place in Gibeon.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 21:30 - But David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
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Or seven (compare 2 Samuel 24:13)
Or Angel, and so elsewhere in this chapter
Or He
Or Your
Spelled Araunah in 2 Samuel 24:16

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