1 Chronicles 21 ©
David tempted by Satan forceth Joab to number Israel. God is displeased: David acknowledgeth his fault. Gad being sent from God to propose one out of three plagues to his choice, he chooseth three days' pestilence. Seventy thousand in Israel being already cut off, the destroying angel is stayed over Jerusalem: David on sight of the angel humbly intercedeth for the people. By Gad's direction having bought Ornan's threshingfloor, he buildeth an altar, and sacrificeth: God signifieth his favour by fire from heaven, and stayeth the plague.
But gLevi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab.
Either mthree 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.
And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he prepented 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 5Ornan the Jebusite.
And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the qangel 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, rwho were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
And David said unto God, sIs it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for tthese 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.
6And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.
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.
So aDavid gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.
And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof.