"Go and tell David, 'This is what the LORD says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.' "
So Gad went to David and said to him, "Shall there come upon you threea years of famine1 in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague2 in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me."
David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy3 is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men."
So the LORD sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.416
When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD was grieved5 because of the calamity and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, "Enough! Withdraw your hand." The angel of the LORD6 was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the LORD, "I am the one who has sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep.7 What have they done?8 Let your hand fall upon me and my family."9
On that day Gad went to David and said to him, "Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah10 the Jebusite."
So David went up, as the LORD had commanded through Gad.
When Araunah looked and saw the king and his men coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.
Araunah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" "To buy your threshing floor," David answered, "so I can build an altar to the LORD, that the plague on the people may be stopped."1122
Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take whatever pleases him and offer it up. Here are oxen12 for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood.