The Lord of Host – 2 Samuel 24

2 Samuel 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled  against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go,  number Israel and Judah. 

2 Samuel 24:2 For the king said to Joab  the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now  through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba,  and number ye the people, that I may know the  number of the people. 

2 Samuel 24:3 And Joab said unto the king,  Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many  soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord  the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight  in this thing? 

2 Samuel 24:4 Notwithstanding the king’s word  prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host.  And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the  presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.    
2 Samuel 24:5 And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in  Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of  the river of Gad, and toward Jazer: 

2 Samuel 24:6 Then they came  to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came  to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon, 

2 Samuel 24:7 And came to the  strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and  of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah,  even to Beer-sheba. 

2 Samuel 24:8 So when they had gone  through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of  nine months and twenty days. 

2 Samuel 24:9 And Joab gave up the  sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there  were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew  the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred  thousand men.  

2 Samuel 24:10 And David’s heart smote him after that he had  numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I  have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech  thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I  have done very foolishly. 

2 Samuel 24:11 For when David was up  in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the  prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, 

2 Samuel 24:12 Go and say unto  David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things;  choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.  

2 Samuel 24:13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto  him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy  land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies,  while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’  pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I  shall return to him that sent me. 

2 Samuel 24:14 And David said  unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand  of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall  into the hand of man.  

2 Samuel 24:15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from  the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of  the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand  men. 

2 Samuel 24:16 And when the angel stretched out his hand  upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the  evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is  enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD  was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite. 

2 Samuel 24:17  And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel  that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I  have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done?  let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my  father’s house.  

2 Samuel 24:18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto  him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the  threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. 

2 Samuel 24:19 And David,  according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD  commanded. 

2 Samuel 24:20 And Araunah looked, and saw the  king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah  went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face  upon the ground. 

2 Samuel 24:21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is  my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To  buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the  LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.  

2 Samuel 24:22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king  take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold,  here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments  and other instruments of the oxen for wood. 

2 Samuel 24:23 All  these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king.  And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept  thee. 

2 Samuel 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I  will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer  burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth  cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the  oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 

2 Samuel 24:25 And David built  there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings  and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the  land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.   


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