The LORD said to Gad,1 David's seer,210
"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, "This is what the LORD says: 'Take your choice:
three years of famine,3 three months of being swept awaya before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you, or three days of the sword4 of the LORD 5--days of plague in the land, with the angel of the LORD ravaging every part of Israel.' Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me."
David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy6 is very great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men."