1 Chronicles 21
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1 Chronicles 21
David Numbers the Fighting Men...
And Satan stood up against Yisra`el, and moved Dawid to number Yisra`el.
And Dawid said to Yo'ab and to the rulers of the people, 'Go, number Yisra'el from Be'ersheba to Dan, and bring the number of them to me so that I know it.'
And Yo'ab answered, ' YHWH does add to His people a hundred times more than they are. But, my master the sovereign, are they not all my master's servants? Why does my master seek to do this? Why should he be a cause of guilt in Yisra'el?'
But the sovereign's word prevailed against Yo'ab. And Yo'ab left and went throughout all Yisra'el and came to Yerushalayim.
And Yo'ab gave the sum of the number of the people to Dawid. And all Yisra'el had one million one hundred thousand men who drew the sword, and Yehudah had four hundred and seventy thousand men who drew the sword.
But he did not number Lewi and Binyamin among them, for the sovereign's word was loathsome to Yo'ab.
And it was evil in the eyes of Elohim, concerning this matter, and He smote Yisra'el.
Then Dawid said to Elohim, 'I have sinned greatly, because I have done this matter. But now, I pray, take away the crookedness of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.'
And YHWH spoke to Gad, Dawid's seer, saying,
'Go, and you shall speak to Dawid, saying, 'Thus said YHWH, 'I hold three options before you - choose one of them for yourself, and I do it to you.'''
So Gad came to Dawid and said to him, 'Thus said YHWH, 'Choose for yourself
either three years of scarcity of food, 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 YHWH, even the plague in the land, with the messenger of YHWH destroying throughout all the borders of Yisra'el.' And now consider what answer I am to return to Him who sent me.'
And Dawid said to Gad, 'I am in great trouble. Please let me fall into the hand of YHWH, for His compassion is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.'
And YHWH sent a plague upon Yisra'el, and seventy thousand men of Yisra'el fell.
And Elohim sent a messenger to Yerushalayim to destroy it. And as he was destroying, YHWH saw, and relented about the evil, and said to the messenger who was destroying, 'Enough! Now stop your hand.' And the messenger of YHWH was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Yebusite.
And Dawid lifted his eyes and saw the messenger of YHWH standing between earth and the heavens, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Yerushalayim. And Dawid and the elders, wrapped in sackcloth, fell on their faces.
And Dawid said to Elohim, 'Was it not I who commanded the people to be numbered? I am the one who has sinned and done evil indeed. But these, the sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, O YHWH my Elohim, be against me and my father's house, but not against Your people, to be plagued.'
And the messenger of YHWH commanded Gad to say to Dawid that Dawid should go up to raise an altar to YHWH on the threshing-floor of Ornan the Yebusite.
So Dawid went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the Name of YHWH.
And Ornan turned and saw the messenger. And his four sons with him hid themselves, and Ornan was threshing wheat.
And Dawid came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw Dawid, and he went out from the threshing-floor, and bowed down to Dawid with his face to the ground.
And Dawid said to Ornan, 'Give me the site of the threshing-floor, so that I build an altar to YHWH on it. Give it to me at the complete price, so that the plague is restrained from the people.'
And Ornan said to Dawid, 'Take it for yourself, and let my master the sovereign do what is good in his eyes. See, I shall give you the cattle for burnt offerings, the threshing implements for wood, and the wheat for the grain offering. I give it all.'
And Sovereign Dawid said to Ornan, 'No, but I shall certainly buy it at the complete price, for I do not take what is yours for YHWH, nor offer a burnt offering without cost.'
And Dawid gave Ornan six hundred sheqels of gold by weight for the place.
And Dawid built there an altar to YHWH, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on YHWH. And He answered him from the heavens by fire on the altar of burnt offering.
Then YHWH commanded the messenger, and he returned his sword to its sheath.
At that time, when Dawid saw that YHWH had answered him on the threshing-floor of Ornan the Yebusite, he slaughtered there,
for the Dwelling Place of YHWH and the altar of the burnt offering, which Mosheh had made in the wilderness, were at that time at the high place in Gib'on.
But Dawid was unable to go before it to inquire of Elohim, for he was afraid of the sword of the messenger of YHWH.
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