When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD was grieved1 because of the calamity and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, "Enough! Withdraw your hand." The angel of the LORD2 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.3 What have they done?4 Let your hand fall upon me and my family."5
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 Araunah6 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."722
Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take whatever pleases him and offer it up. Here are oxen8 for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood.
O king, Araunah gives9 all this to the king." Araunah also said to him, "May the LORD your God accept you."
But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing."10 So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekelsa11 of silver for them.