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 2 Samuel 24
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   Book of 2 SamuelClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
    24:1-25 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

The Census Taken

1 Now R791 again R792 the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, "Go, R793 number Israel and Judah." 2 The king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, "Go about now through all the tribes of Israel, from R794 Dan to Beersheba, and register F319 the people, that I may know the number of the people." 3 But Joab said to the king, "Now R795 may the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see; but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?" 4 Nevertheless, the king's word prevailed against Joab and against the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to register F320 the people of Israel. 5 They crossed the Jordan and camped in Aroer, R796 on the right side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad and toward Jazer. R797 6 Then they came to Gilead and to the F321 land of Tahtim-hodshi, and they came to Dan-jaan and around to Sidon, R798 7 and came to the fortress R799 of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites R800 and of the Canaanites, and they went out to the south of Judah, to Beersheba. R801 8 So when they had gone about through the whole land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9 And Joab gave the R802 number of the registration F322 of the people to the king; and there were in Israel eight R803 hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

10 Now David's R804 heart troubled F323 him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, "I R805 have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take F324 away the iniquity of Your servant, for I R806 have acted very foolishly." 11 When David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the R807 prophet Gad, David's seer, R808 saying, 12 "Go and speak to David, `Thus the LORD says, "I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.""' 13 So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, "Shall seven R809 years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days' pestilence in your land? Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me." 14 Then David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD for R810 His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man."

Pestilence Sent

15 So the R811 LORD sent F325 a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand men of the people from R812 Dan to Beersheba died. 16 When R813 the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the R814 LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, "It is enough! Now relax your hand!" And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 17 Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking down the people, and said, "Behold, it R815 is I who have sinned, and it is I who have done wrong; but these R816 sheep, what have they done? Please let Your hand be against me and against my father's house."

David Builds an Altar

18 So Gad came to David that day and said to him, "Go R817 up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah F326 the Jebusite." 19 David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the LORD had commanded. 20 Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him; and Araunah went out and bowed his face to the ground before the king. 21 Then Araunah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" And David said, "To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the LORD, that R818 the plague may be held back from the people." 22 Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, the R819 oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. 23 "Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king." And Araunah said to the king, "May the LORD your God accept R820 you." 24 However, the king said to Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I R821 will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which F327 cost me nothing." So David R822 bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus R823 the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

F319: Lit muster
F320: Lit muster
F321: Or Kadesh in the land of the Hittite
F322: Lit muster
F323: Lit smote
F324: Lit cause to pass away
F325: Lit gave
F326: In 2+@Chr 3:1, Ornan
F327: Lit gratuitously

R791: 1 Chronicles 21:1
R792: 2 Samuel 21:1,2
R793: 1 Chronicles 27:23,24
R794: Judges 20:1; 2 Samuel 3:10
R795: Deuteronomy 1:11
R796: Deuteronomy 2:36; Joshua 13:9,16
R797: Numbers 21:32; 32:35
R798: Joshua 19:28; Judges 1:31
R799: Joshua 19:29
R800: Joshua 11:3; Judges 3:3
R801: Genesis 21:22-33
R802: Numbers 1:44-46
R803: 1 Chronicles 21:5
R804: 1 Samuel 24:5
R805: 2 Samuel 12:13
R806: 1 Samuel 13:13; 2 Chronicles 16:9
R807: 1 Samuel 22:5; 1 Chronicles 29:29
R808: 1 Samuel 9:9
R809: 1 Chronicles 21:12; Ezekiel 14:21
R810: Psalms 51:1; 130:4,7
R811: 1 Chronicles 21:14; 27:24
R812: 2 Samuel 24:2
R813: Exodus 12:23; 2 Kings 19:35; Acts 12:23
R814: Exodus 32:14; 1 Samuel 15:11
R815: 2 Samuel 24:10
R816: 2 Samuel 7:8; Psalms 74:1
R817: 1 Chronicles 21:18
R818: Numbers 16:44-50
R819: 1 Samuel 6:14; 1 Kings 19:21
R820: Ezekiel 20:40,41
R821: Malachi 1:13,14
R822: 1 Chronicles 21:24,25
R823: 2 Samuel 21:14


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