The Census – 1st Chronicles 21

1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked  David to number Israel. 

1 Chronicles 21:2 And David said to Joab and  to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba  even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me,  that I may know it. 

1 Chronicles 21:3 And Joab answered, The  LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as  they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s  servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why  will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? 

1 Chronicles 21:4 Nevertheless  the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab  departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to  Jerusalem.  

1 Chronicles 21:5 And Joab gave the sum of the number of the  people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand  thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword:  and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand  men that drew sword. 

1 Chronicles 21:6 But Levi and Benjamin  counted he not among them: for the king’s word was  abominable to Joab. 

1 Chronicles 21:7 And God was displeased with  this thing; therefore he smote Israel. 

1 Chronicles 21:8 And David said  unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this  thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy  servant; for I have done very foolishly.  

1 Chronicles 21:9 And the LORD spake unto Gad, David’s seer,  saying, 

1 Chronicles 21:10 Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the  LORD, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them,  that I may do it unto thee. 

1 Chronicles 21:11 So Gad came to David,  and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee 

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1 Chronicles 21:12 Either three years’ famine; or three months to be  destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine  enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of  the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of  the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel.  Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again  to him that sent me. 

1 Chronicles 21:13 And David said unto Gad, I am  in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD;  for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the  hand of man.   

1 Chronicles 21:14 So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and  there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. 

1 Chronicles 21:15 And God  sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was  destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the  evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay  now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the  threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. 

1 Chronicles 21:16 And David  lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the LORD stand  between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in  his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the  elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon  their faces. 

1 Chronicles 21:17 And David said unto God, Is it not I  that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is  that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these  sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O  LORD my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but  not on thy people, that they should be plagued.  

1 Chronicles 21:18 Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to  say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar  unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.  

1 Chronicles 21:19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he  spake in the name of the LORD. 

1 Chronicles 21:20 And Ornan turned  back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid  themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 

1 Chronicles 21:21 And  as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and  went out of the threshingfloor, and bowed himself to David  with his face to the ground. 

1 Chronicles 21:22 Then David said to  Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshingfloor, that I  may build an altar therein unto the LORD: thou shalt grant  it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from  the people. 

1 Chronicles 21:23 And Ornan said unto David, Take it to  thee, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his  eyes: lo,I give thee the oxen also for burnt offerings, and  the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the  meat offering; I give it all. 

1 Chronicles 21:24 And king David said to  Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I  will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer  burnt offerings without cost. 

1 Chronicles 21:25 So David gave to  Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.  

1 Chronicles 21:26 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and  offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon  the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon  the altar of burnt offering. 

1 Chronicles 21:27 And the LORD  commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into  the sheath thereof.  

1 Chronicles 21:28 At that time when David saw that the LORD had  answered him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite,  then he sacrificed there. 

1 Chronicles 21:29 For the tabernacle of the  LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar  of the burnt offering, were at that season in the high place  at Gibeon. 

1 Chronicles 21:30 But David could not go before it to  enquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of  the angel of the LORD.  KJV


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