The LORD said to Gad,1 David's seer,2
References for 1 Chronicles 21:9
"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 away 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."
References for 1 Chronicles 21:12
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."
References for 1 Chronicles 21:13