2 Samuel 24 ©
David forceth Joab to number the people. The captains after nine months and twenty days deliver in the number to the king. David repenteth, and, being obliged to choose one plague out of three named to him, fixeth on three days' pestilence. After the death of seventy thousand in Israel, at David's humble suit the angel is stayed from destroying Jerusalem. By God's direction David purchaseth Araunah's threshingfloor; and having sacrificed there, the plague ceaseth.
For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, 1Go now bthrough all the tribes of Israel, from cDan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye the people, dthat I may know the number of the people.
So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
¶And David's heart osmote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, pI 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.
So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, tShall 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.
And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, xthe LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that ydestroyed the people, It is enough: *stay now thine hand. And zthe angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of 5Araunah the Jebusite.
And David spake aunto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, bLo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but cthese sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.
And the king said unto Araunah, nNay; 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 ofifty shekels of silver.