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1 Chronicles 21

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one And Satan rebelled against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
2 And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people: Go number the Israelites, from Bathsheba to Dan, and introduce to me that I know their number.
3 And Joab said: May the Lord increase his people a hundred times against how many are there. Are they not all, my lord the king, the slaves of my lord? Why does this require my lord? To blame it on Israel?
4 But the royal word overcame Joab; And Joab went and went around all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
5 And Joab gave David a list of the census of the people, and there were a thousand of all Israel, and one hundred thousand men who drew the sword, and the Jews four hundred seventy thousand who drew the sword.
6 But he did not count the Levites and Benjamin between them, because the royal word was disgusting to Joab.

7 And this thing was not pleasant in the sight of God, and He defeated Israel.
eight And David said to God: I have sinned very much that I did this. And now forgive the guilt of Thy servant, for I have done very recklessly.
nine And the Lord spoke to Gad, the visionary David, and said:
ten go and tell David: thus saith the Lord: three [punishments] I offer you, choose one of them for yourself, - and I will send it to you.
eleven And Gad came to David and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord: choose unto yourself:
12 or three years - hunger, or three months you will be pursued by your enemies and the sword of your enemies will reach [you]; or three days - the sword of the Lord and the plague on the earth, and the angel of the Lord, destroying throughout Israel. So, consider what I must answer to Him who sent me with the word.
thirteen And David Gad said, It’s very hard for me, but let it be better to fall into the hands of the Lord, for His mercy is great, if only I would not fall into the hands of men.
fourteen And the Lord sent an plague on Israel, and Israel killed seventy thousand people.
fifteen And God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy him. And when he began to exterminate, the Lord saw and regretted this calamity, and said to the angel-fighter: Enough! now put your hand down. The angel of the Lord stood [then] above the threshing floor of Orna the Jebusite.
sixteen And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord, standing between the earth and heaven, with his sword drawn in his hand, stretched out to Jerusalem; and David and the elders, covered in sackcloth, fell on their faces.
17 And David said to God: Did I not command the people to be numbered? I have sinned, I have done evil, but what did these sheep do? Oh my God! Thy hand be on me and on the house of my father, and not on thy people, to destroy [him].

18 And the angel of the Lord told Gad to say to David: May David come and place the altar to the Lord in the threshing floor of Orna the Jebusite.
19 And David went, according to the word of Gad, which he spoke in the name of the Lord.
twenty Orna turned, saw an Angel, and his four sons disappeared with him. Orna then threshed the wheat.
21 And David came to Ornah. Orna, having looked and saw David, left the threshing floor and bowed to David with his face to the ground.
22 And David said to Orne: give me a place under the threshing floor, I will build an altar on it on the Lord; for the real price, give it to me to stop the extermination of the people.
23 And Orna said to David: Take it unto you; let my lord the king do what he pleases; here I am giving oxen for a burnt offering, and threshing tools for firewood, and wheat for an offering; I give it all for nothing.
24 And king David Orne said: No, I want to buy from you for a real price, for I will not bring your property to the Lord, and I will not offer [a] burnt offering for free.
25 And David gave Orne six hundred shekels of gold for this place.
26 And there David built an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings; and called the Lord, and He heard him, [sending] fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.
27 And the Lord said to the angel: Return thy sword into its sheath.
28 At this time, David, seeing that the Lord heard him in the threshing floor of Orna the Jebusite, made a sacrifice there.
29th The tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering [were] at that time at the height of Gibeon.
thirty And David could not go there to seek God, because he was frightened by the sword of the Angel of the Lord.

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