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2 Samuel 24 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

24 And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he [Satan] moved David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.”

For the king said to Joab the captain of the host who was with him, “Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.”

And Joab said unto the king, “Now the Lord thy God add unto the people, how many so ever they be, a hundredfold, that the eyes of my lord the king may see it. But why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?”

Notwithstanding, the king’s word prevailed against Joab and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king to number the people of Israel.

And they passed over the Jordan and pitched camp in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the valley of Gad and toward Jazer.

Then they came to Gilead and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan and about to Sidon,

and came to the stronghold of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and of the Canaanites; and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beersheba.

So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

10 And David’s heart smote him after he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. And now, I beseech Thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Thy servant, for I have done very foolishly.”

11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the Lord came unto the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying,

12 “Go, and say unto David, ‘Thus saith the Lord: I offer thee three things. Choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.’”

13 So Gad came to David and told him, and said unto him, “Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? Or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies while they pursue thee? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? Now advise, and see what answer I shall return to Him that sent me.”

14 And David said unto Gad, “I am in a great strait. Let us fall now into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great; and let me not fall into the hand of man.”

15 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed; and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.

16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented of the evil, and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough: stay now thine hand.” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.

17 And David spoke unto the Lord when he saw the angel who smote the people, and said, “Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly. But these sheep, what have they done? Let Thine hand, I pray Thee, be against me and against my father’s house.”

18 And Gad came that day to David and said unto him, “Go up, rear an altar unto the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”

19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the Lord commanded.

20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him; and Araunah went out and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground.

21 And Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from thee to build an altar unto the Lord, that the plague may be stayed from the people.”

22 And Araunah said unto David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him. Behold, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.”

23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, “The Lord thy God accept thee.”

24 And the king said unto Araunah, “Nay; but I will surely buy it from thee at a price; neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

25 And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

1 Chronicles 21-22 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

21 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, “Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan, and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.”

And Joab answered, “The Lord make His people a hundred times more than they are. But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why then doth my lord require this thing? Why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?”

Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel and came to Jerusalem.

And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and a hundred thousand men who drew the sword, and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men who drew the sword.

But Levi and Benjamin he counted not among them, for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.

And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He smote Israel.

And David said unto God, “I have sinned greatly because I have done this thing. But now, I beseech Thee, do away with the iniquity of Thy servant, for I have done very foolishly.”

And the Lord spoke unto Gad, David’s seer, saying,

10 “Go and tell David, saying, ‘Thus saith the Lord: I offer thee three things. Choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.’”

11 So Gad came to David, and said unto him, “Thus saith the Lord: ‘Choose thee

12 either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes while the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the Lord, even the pestilence in the land and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel.’ Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring back to Him that sent me.”

14 So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel, and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it; and as he was destroying, the Lord beheld, and He repented of the evil, and said to the angel who destroyed, “It is enough. Stay now thine hand.” And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

16 And David lifted up his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.

17 And David said unto God, “Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? Even I it is who have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? Let Thine hand, I pray Thee, O Lord my God, be on me and on my father’s house, but not on Thy people, that they should be plagued.”

18 Then the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David that David should go up and set up an altar unto the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of the Lord.

20 And Ornan turned back and saw the angel, and his four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.

21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out from the threshing floor and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.

22 Then David said to Ornan, “Grant me the place of this threshing floor, that I may uild an altar therein unto the Lord. Thou shalt grant it to me for the full price, that the plague ay be stayed from the people.”

23 And Ornan said unto David, “Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that hich is good in his eyes. Lo, I give thee the oxen also for burnt offerings, and the threshing nstruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat offering; I give it all.”

24 And King David said to Ornan, “Nay, but I will verily buy it for the full price; for will not take that which is thine for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.”

25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.

26 And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the Lord; and He answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.

27 And the Lord commanded the angel, and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof.

28 At that time when David saw that the Lord had answered him on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.

29 For the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering were at that season at the high place at Gibeon.

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

22 Then David said, “This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.”

And David commanded to gather together the strangers who were in the land of Israel, and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God.

And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates and for the joinings, and brass in abundance beyond measure,

also cedar trees in abundance; for the Sidonians and those of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.

And David said, “Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries. I will therefore now make preparation for it.” So David prepared abundantly before his death.

Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel.

And David said to Solomon, “My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God.

But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars. Thou shalt not build a house unto My name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in My sight.

Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest. And I will give him rest from all his enemies round about; for his name shall be Solomon [that is, Peaceable], and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

10 He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.’

11 Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as He hath said of thee.

12 Only the Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the Lord thy God.

13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

14 Now behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver, and of brass and iron beyond measure, for it is in abundance. Timber also and stone have I prepared, and thou mayest add thereto.

15 Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance: hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of skillful men for every manner of work.

16 Of the gold, the silver and the brass and the iron, there is no number. Arise therefore and be doing, and the Lord be with thee.”

17 David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,

18 “Is not the Lord your God with you? And hath He not given you rest on every side? For He hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and before His people.]

19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God. Arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built to the name of the Lord.”

Psalm 30 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

30 I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me.

O Lord, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave; Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing unto the Lord, O ye His saints, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.

For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

And in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”

Lord, by Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong; when Thou didst hide Thy face, I was troubled.

I cried to Thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication:

“What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise Thee? Shall it declare Thy truth?

10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; Lord, be Thou my helper!”

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,

12 to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.


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