1 Chronicles 21:30

30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.

Read 1 Chronicles 21:30 Using Other Translations

But David could not go before it to enquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
but David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
But David was not able to go there to inquire of God, because he was terrified by the drawn sword of the angel of the LORD .

What does 1 Chronicles 21:30 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Chronicles 21:30

But David could not go before it to inquire of God
Which yet was the proper place to seek the Lord in: the reason follows,

for he was afraid, because of the sword of the angel of the Lord;
which had so terrified him, that he was so weak that he could not go; and he feared that, should he attempt to go, while he was going thither, at such a distance, the angel would make a terrible slaughter in Jerusalem, and therefore he durst not go and leave it; and besides, as the Lord had commanded him to build an altar there, he might fear it would displease him, should he depart from it; and the rather, as hereby he pointed out to him the place where the temple should be built, and sacrifices offered, as appears from what he says in the beginning of the next chapter.

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