|Overview - 1 Chronicles 21|
|1||David, tempted by Satan, forces Joab to number the people.|
|5||The number of the people being brought, David repents of it.|
|9||David having three plagues propounded by God, chooses the pestilence.|
|14||After the death of seventy thousand, David by repentance prevents the destruction of Jerusalem.|
|18||David, by Gad's direction, purchases Ornan's threshing-|
|28||David sacrifices there, being restrained from Gibeon by fear of the angel.|
1 Chronicles 21:24 (King James Version)
And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.
- Genesis 14:23 ; 23:13 Deuteronomy 16:16 Deuteronomy 16:17 ; Malachi 1:12-14 ; Romans 12:17
- for I will not
- It is a maxim from heaven, "Honour the Lord with thy substance." He who has a religion that costs him nothing, has a religion that is worth nothing; nor will any man esteem the ordinances of God, if those ordinances cost him nothing. Had Araunah's noble offer been accepted, it would have been Araunah's sacrifice, not David's; nor would it have answered the end of turning away the displeasure of the Most High. It was David that sinned, not Araunah; therefore David must offer sacrifice.