And Satan stood up against Israel, and provokedDavid to numberIsrael.2
And Davidsaid to Joab and to the rulers of the people,Go , numberIsrael from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.
And Joabanswered , The LORD make his people an hundredtimes so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord'sservants? why then doth my lordrequire this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?4
Nevertheless the king'swordprevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joabdeparted , and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.5
And Joabgave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousandthousand and an hundredthousandmen that drewsword: and Judah was fourhundred threescore and tenthousandmen that drewsword.6
But Levi and Benjamincounted he not among them: for the king'sword was abominable to Joab.7
And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smoteIsrael.8
And Davidsaid unto God, I have sinnedgreatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done veryfoolishly .
And the LORDspake unto Gad,David'sseer,saying ,
10Go and tellDavid,saying , Thus saith the LORD, I offera thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.