1 Chronicles 21:18-30

David Builds an Altar

18 Now the angel of Yahweh had spoken to Gad to say to David that David should go up [and] erect an altar for Yahweh.
19 So David went up at the word of Gad that he had spoken in the name of Yahweh.
20 Now Ornan was threshing wheat, and Ornan turned and saw the angel, and his four sons with him hid themselves.
21 Then David came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw David. And he went out from the threshing floor, and they bowed down to David, faces to the ground.
22 Then David said to Ornan, "Please give me the place, the threshing floor, that I might build an altar on it to Yahweh; at full price please give it to me, that the plague against the people might be stopped."
23 And Ornan said to David, "Take [it] to yourself; let my lord the king do what [is] good in his eyes. See, I give the cattle for the burnt offerings and threshing sledges for the wood and wheat for the grain offering--I give [it] all."
24 But King David said to Ornan, "No, for I will certainly buy [it] at full value; indeed, I will not take what is yours for Yahweh and offer burnt offerings for nothing."
25 So David gave to Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the place.
26 Then David built an altar there to Yahweh, and he offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and he called to Yahweh. And he answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.
27 Then Yahweh commanded the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath.
28 At that time, when David saw that Yahweh answered him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there.
29 Now the tabernacle of Yahweh that Moses had made in the desert and the altar of burnt offering [were] at that time at the high place of Gibeon.
30 But David was not able to go before it to seek God, for he was afraid on account of the sword of the angel of Yahweh.
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