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Rabbah benneged and taken. CHAP. XX, XXI. David numbers the people. saw that they were put to the worse beforel, 5 ? And Joab gave the sum of the numIsrael, they made peace with David, and ber of the people unto David. And all became his servants: neither would the they of Israel were a thousand thousand Syrians help the children of Ammon any and a hundred thousand men that drew

sword: and Judah was four hundred threeCHAP. XX.

score and ten thousand men that drew ANparit came to pass, that after the sword.

year was expired, at the time that 6 But Levi and Benjamin counted be kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the not among them: for the king's word was power of the army, and wasted the country abominable to Joab. of the children of Ammon, and came and 7 And God was displeased with this besieged Rabbah. But David tárried at thing, therefore he smote Israel. Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and 8 And David said unto God, I have sindestroyed it.

ned greatly, because I have done this 2 And David took the crown of their thing but now, I beseech thee, do away king from off his bead, and found it to the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done weigh a talent of gold, and there were pre- very foolishly. cious stones in it; and it was set upon 9 And the LORD spake unto Gad, Da. David's head: and he brought also ex-vid's seer, saying, ceeding much spoil out of the city. 10 Go and tell David, saying, Thus

3 And he brought out the people that saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; were in it, and cut them with saws, and choose thee one of them, that I may do it with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even unto thee. so dealt David with all the cities of the 11 So Gad came to David, and said unto children of Ammon. And David and all him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee the people returned to Jerusalem.

12 Either three years' famine; or three 4 | And it came to pass after this, that months to be destroyed before thy foes, there arose war at Gezer with the Philis- while that the sword of thine eneinies overtines: at which time Şibbechai the Hu- taketh thee; or else three days the sword shathite slew Sippai, that was of the chil of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the dren of the giant: and they were subdued. land, and the angel of the LORD destroying

5 And there was war again with the throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair therefore advise thyself wbat word I shall slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the bring again to him that sent me. Gittite,whose spear's staff was like a weav- 13 And David said unto Gad, I am in a er's beam.

great strait: let me fall now into the band 6 And yet again there was war at Gath, of the LORD; for very great are his merwhere was a man of great stature, whose cies: but let me not fall into the hand of fingers and toes were four and twenty, six man. on each hand, and six on each foot: and he 14 So the LORD sent pestilence upon also was the son of the giant.

Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy 7 But when he defied Israel, Jonathan thousand men. the son of Shimea, David's brother, slew 15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusahim.

lem to destroy it: and as he was destroy8. These were born unto the giant in ing, the LORD beheld, and he repented Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, him of the evil

, and said to the angel that and by the hand of his servants. destroyed, It is enough, stay now thy CHAP. XXI.

hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by ND Satan stood up against Israel, and the threshing-floor of Oman the Jebusite.

16 And David lifted up his eyes, and 2 And David said to Joab and to the saw the angel of the LORD stand between rulers of the people, Go, number Israel the earth and the heaven, having a drawn from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring sword in his hand, stretched out over Jethe number of them to me, that I may rusalem. Then David and the elders of know it.

Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell 3 And Joab answered, The LORD make upon their faces. his people a hundred times so many more 17 And David said unto God, Is it not as they be: but, my lord the king, are they I that commanded the people to be numnot all my lord's servants? why then doth bered? even I it is that have sinned and my lord require this thing? why will be done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, be a cause of trespass to Israel? what have they done? let thy hand,

4 Nevertheless the king's word prevail-pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, ed against Joab. Wherefore Joab depart- and on my father's house; but not on thy ed, and went throughout all Israel, and people, that they should be plagued. came to Jerusalem.

18 Then the angel of the LORD tom

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Dard builds an altar. 1. CHRONICLES. Preparations for the temple. manded Gad to say to David, that David 4 Also cedar-trees in abundance : for should go up, and set up an altar unto the the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought LORD in the ibreshing-door of Ornan the much cedar-wood to David. Jebusite.

5 And David said, Solomon my son is 19 And David went up at the saying of young and tender, and the house that is to Gad, which he spake in the name of the be builded for the LORD must be exceeding LORD.

magnifical, of fame and of glory through20 And Ornan turned back, and saw out all countries: I will therefore now the angel; and his four sons with him hid make preparation for it. So David prethemselves. Now Oman was threshing pared abundantly before his death. wheat.

6 T Then he called for Solomon big 21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan son, and charged him to build a house for Jooked, and saw David, and went out of the LORD God of Israel. the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, David with his face to the ground. as for me, it was in my mind to build a

22 Then David said to Ornan, Grant house unto the name of the LORD my God. me the place of this threshing-floor, that I 8 But the word of the LORD came to me, may build an altar therein unto the LORD: saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, thou shalt grant it me for the full price: and hast made great wars: thou shalt tot that the plague may be stayed from the build a house unto my name, because people.

thou hast shed much blood upon the earth 23 And Ornan said unto David, Take it in my sight. to thee, and let my lord the king do that 9 Bebold, a son shall be born to thee, which is good in bis eyes: lo, I give thee the who shall be a man of rest ; and I will oxen also for burnt-offerings, and the give him rest from all his enemies round threshing instruments for wood, and the about: for his name shall be Solomon, and wheat for the meat-offering ; I give it all. I will give peace and quietness unto Israel

24 And king David said to Ornan, Nay; in his days. but I will verily buy it for the full price: 10 He shall build a house formy name; for I will not take that which is thine for and he shall be my son, and I will be bis the LORD, nor offer burnt-offerings without father; and I will establish the throne of cost.

his kingdom over Israel for ever. 25 So David gave to Ornan for the place 11 Now, my son, the LORD be with six hundred shekels of gold by weight. thee; and prosper thou, and build the house

26 And David built there an altar unto of the LORD thy God, as he bath said of the LORD, and offered burnt-offerings and thee. peace-offerings, and called upon the LORD; 12 Only the Lord give thee wisdom and and be answered him from heaven by fire understanding, and give thee charge conupon the altar of burnt-offering. cerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the

27 And the Lord commanded the angel; law of the LORD thy God. and he put up his sword again into the 13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou sheath thereof.

takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judg. 28 | At that time when David saw that ments which the Lord charged Moses with the LORD had answered him in the thresh-concerning Israel : be strong, and of good ing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he courage ; dread not, nor be dismayed. sacrificed there.

14 Now behold, in my trouble I have 29. For the tabernacle of the LORD, prepared for the house of the LORD which Moses made in the wilderness, and hundred thousand talents of gold, and a the altar of the burnt-offering, were at that thousand thousand talents of silver; and of season in the high place at Gibeon. brass and iron without weight; for it is in

30 But David could not go before it to abundance : timber also and stone have 1 inquire of God: for be was afraid because prepared; and thou mayest add thereto. of the sword of the angel of the LORD. 15 Moreover, there are workmen with CHAP. XXII.

thee in abundance, hewers and workers of NHEN David said, This is the house of stone and timber, and all manner of cus: of the burnt-offering for Israel.

16 Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, 2 And David commanded to gather to- and the iron, there is no number, Arise, gether the strangers that were in the land therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be of Israel; and he set masons to hew with thee. wrought stones to build the house of God. 17 | David also commanded all the

3 And David prepared iron in abun- princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, dance for the nails for the doors of the saying, gates, and for the joinings; and brass in 18 is not the LORD your God with you? abundance without weight;

and hath he not given you rest on every

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