2 Samuel 24
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2 Samuel 24
David Counts the Fighting Men...
And again the displeasure of YHWH burned against Yisra`el, and moved Dawid against them to say, `Go, number Yisra`el and Yehudah.`
And the sovereign said to Yo'ab the commander of the army who was with him, 'Go please, throughout all the tribes of Yisra'el, from Dan to Be'ersheba, and register the people, so that I know the number of the people.'
And Yo'ab said to the sovereign, 'Even if YHWH your Elohim does add to the people a hundredfold more than there are, and the eyes of my master the sovereign see it, but why does my master the sovereign delight in this matter?'
However, the sovereign's word prevailed against Yo'ab and against the commanders of the army. And Yo'ab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the sovereign to register the people of Yisra'el.
And they passed over the Yarden and camped in Aro'er, on the right side of the town which is in the midst of the wadi of Gad, and toward Ya'zer.
Then they came to Gil'ad and to the land of Tahtim Hodshi, and they came to Dan Ya'an and around to Tsidon.
And they came to the stronghold of Tsor and to all the cities of the Hiwwites and the Kena'anites, and went out to South Yehudah as far as Be'ersheba.
And when they had gone through all the land, they came to Yerushalayim at the end of nine months and twenty days.
And Yo'ab gave the number of the registration of the people to the sovereign, and there were in Yisra'el eight hundred thousand brave men who drew the sword, and the men of Yehudah were five hundred thousand men.
And the heart of Dawid smote him after he had numbered the people. And Dawid said to YHWH, 'I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, I pray, O YHWH, take away the crookedness of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.'
And Dawid rose up in the morning, and the word of YHWH came to the prophet Gad, Dawid's seer, saying,
'Go, and you shall speak to Dawid, 'Thus said YHWH, 'I hold three options before you. Choose one of them, and I do it to you.'''
Gad then came to Dawid and informed him. And he said to him, 'Should seven years of scarcity of food come to you in your land? Or would you flee three months before your enemies, while they pursue you? Or should there be three days' plague in your land? Now know and see what answer I take back to Him who sent me.'
And Dawid said to Gad, 'I am in great trouble. Please let us fall into the hand of YHWH, for His compassion is great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.'
And YHWH sent a plague upon Yisra'el from the morning till the appointed time, and from Dan to Be'ersheba seventy thousand men of the people died.
And the messenger stretched out His hand over Yerushalayim to destroy it, and YHWH relented concerning the evil, and said to the messenger who was destroying the people, 'It is enough, now stop Your hand.' And the messenger of YHWH was by the threshing-floor of Arawnah the Yebusite.
And Dawid spoke to YHWH when he saw the messenger who was smiting the people, and said, 'See, I have sinned, and I have done perversely. But these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father's house.'
David Builds an Altar...
And Gad came that day to Dawid and said to him, `Go up, raise an altar to YHWH on the threshing-floor of Arawnah the Yebusite.`
And Dawid, according to the word of Gad, went up as YHWH commanded.
And Arawnah looked and saw the sovereign and his servants coming toward him. And Arawnah went out and bowed before the sovereign with his face to the ground.
And Arawnah said, 'Why has my master the sovereign come to his servant?' And Dawid said, 'To buy the threshing-floor from you, to build an altar to YHWH, so that the plague be withdrawn from the people.'
And Arawnah said to Dawid, 'Let my master the sovereign take and offer that which seems good to him. Here are cattle for burnt offering, and threshing implements and the yokes of the cattle for wood.
'All these, O sovereign, Arawnah has given to the sovereign.' And Arawnah said to the sovereign, ' YHWH your Elohim accept you!'
And the sovereign said to Arawnah, 'No, let me buy it from you for a price, for certain. I am not offering burnt offerings to YHWH my Elohim without cost.' So Dawid bought the threshing-floor and the cattle for fifty sheqels of silver.
And Dawid built an altar to YHWH there, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And YHWH answered the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Yisra'el.
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