11Now 2again the anger of the LORDburned against Israel, and it incitedDavid against them to say, "3Go, numberIsrael and Judah."
The kingsaid to Joab the commander of the armywho was with him, "Goaboutnow through all the tribes of Israel, 4from Dan to Beersheba, and aregister the people, that I may know the number of the people."
But Joabsaid to the king, "5Now may the LORD your Godadd to the people a hundredtimes as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see; but why does my lord the kingdelight in thisthing?"
Nevertheless, the king'swordprevailedagainstJoab and against the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the armywent out from the presence of the king to bregister the people of Israel.
They crossed the Jordan and camped in 6Aroer, on the rightside of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad and toward7Jazer.
Then they came to Gilead and to cthe land of Tahtim-hodshi, and they came to Dan-jaan and around to 8Sidon,
and came to the 9fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the 10Hivites and of the Canaanites, and they went out to the south of Judah, to 11Beersheba.
So when they had goneabout through the wholeland, they came to Jerusalem at the end of ninemonths and twentydays.
And Joabgave12the number of the dregistration of the people to the king; and there were in Israel13eighthundredthousandvaliantmen who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were fivehundredthousandmen.
Now 14David'sheartetroubled him after he had numbered the people. So Davidsaid to the LORD, "15I have sinnedgreatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, pleaseftakeaway the iniquity of Your servant, for 16I have actedveryfoolishly."
When Davidarose in the morning, the word of the LORDcame to 17the prophetGad, David's18seer, saying,
12"Go and speak to David, 'Thus the LORDsays, "I am offering you threethings; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.""'
So Gadcame to David and told him, and said to him, "Shall 19sevenyears of faminecome to you in your land? Or will you fleethreemonthsbefore your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be threedays'pestilence in your land? Nowconsider and seewhatanswer I shall return to Him who sent me."
Then Davidsaid to Gad, "I am in greatdistress. Let us nowfall into the hand of the LORD20for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man."
So 21the LORDgsent a pestilence upon Israel from the morninguntil the appointedtime, and seventythousandmen of the people22from Dan to Beershebadied.
1623When the angelstretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, 24the LORDrelented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, "It is enough! Nowrelax your hand!" And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.
Then Davidspoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was strikingdown the people, and said, "Behold, 25it is I who have sinned, and it is I who have donewrong; but 26thesesheep, what have they done? Please let Your hand be against me and against my father'shouse."
So Gadcame to David that day and said to him, "27Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshingfloor of hAraunah the Jebusite."
19Davidwent up according to the word of Gad, just as the LORD had commanded.
20Araunahlookeddown and saw the king and his servantscrossingovertoward him; and Araunahwent out and bowed his face to the ground before the king.
Then Araunahsaid, "Why has my lord the kingcome to his servant?" And Davidsaid, "To buy the threshingfloor from you, in order to build an altar to the LORD, 28that the plague may be heldback from the people."
22Araunahsaid to David, "Let my lord the kingtake and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, 29the oxen for the burntoffering, the threshingsledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood.
23"Everything, O king, Araunahgives to the king." And Araunahsaid to the king, "May the LORD your God30accept you."
However, the kingsaid to Araunah, "No, but I will surelybuy it from you for a price, for 31I will not offerburntofferings to the LORD my Godiwhichcost me nothing." So 32Davidbought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fiftyshekels of silver.
25Davidbuiltthere an altar to the LORD and offeredburntofferings and peaceofferings. 33Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was heldback from Israel.