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2 Samuel 24.

1 Chronicles 21. them, saying, Go, number Israel and Judah. said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, 2 And the king said to Joab the captain of the number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; host, which was with him, Go now to and fro and bring me word, that I may know the sum of through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to them. 3 And Joab said, The LORD make his Beer-sheba, and number ye the people, that I people an hundred times so many more as they may know the sum of the people. 3 And Joab be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add lord's servants ? why doth my lord require this unto the people, how many soever they be, an hun-thing? why will he be a cause of guilt unto dredfold, and may the eyes of ny lord the king Israel? 4 Nevertheless the king's word presee it : but why doth my lord the king delight in vailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, this thing ? 4 Notwithstanding the king's word and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jeprevailed against Joab, and against the captains rusalem. 5 And Joab gave up the sum of the of the host. And Joab and the captains of the numbering of the people unto David. And all host went out from the presence of the king, to they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an number the people of Israel. 5 And they passed hundred thousand men that drew sword : and over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right Judah was four hundred threescore and ten side of the city that is in the middle of the valley thousand men that drew sword. 6 But Levi and a of Gad, and unto Jazer: 6 then they came to Benjamin counted he not among them : for the Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and king's word was abominable to Joab. they came to Dan-jaan, and round about to Zidon, 7 and came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites : and they went out to the south of Judah, at Beer-sheba. 8 So when they had gone to and fro through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9 And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

(2) THE CHOICE OF PUNISHMENTS. 2 Samuel 24:10-14.

i Chronicles 21:7-13. 10 And David's heart smote him after that he 7 And God was displeased with this thing : had numbered the people. And David said unto therefore he smote Israel. 8 And David said the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have unto God, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done : but now, O LORD, put away, I beseech | done this thing: but now, put away, I beseech thee, the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done thee, the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly. 11 And when David rose up in very foolishly. 9 And the LORD spake unto Gad, the morning, the word of the LORD came unto David's seer, saying, 10 Go and speak unto Dathe prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, 12 Go and vid, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee speak unto David, Thus saith the Lord, I offer three things; choose thee one of them, that I thee three things; choose thee one of them, that may do it unto thee. II So Gad came to David, I may do it unto thee. 13 So Gad came to Da- and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Take vid, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven which thou wilt; 12 either three years of famine; years of famine come unto thee in thy land ? or or three months to be consumed before thy foes, wilt thou flee three months before thy foes while while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh they pursue thee? or shall there be three days' | thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, pestilence in thy land ? now advise thee, and even pestilence in the land, and the angel of

a Or, “toward.” 60r, “lay upon.” cHeb. “ stretch out unto.” d Or, "and.”

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I Chronicles 21. consider what answer I shall return to him that the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts sent me. 14 And David said unto Gad, I am in of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer a great strait : let us fall now into the hand of I shall return to him that sent me. 13 And Dathe LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me vid said unto Gad, I am in a great strait : let me not fall into the hand of man.

fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very a great are his mercies : and let me not fall into the hand of man.

(3) THE PESTILENCE. 2 Samuel 24:15-17.

i Chronicles 21:14-17. 15 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel 14 So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel : from the morning even to the time appointed : and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. and there died of the people from Dan even to 15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to deBeer-sheba seventy thousand men, 16 And when stroy it : and as he was about to destroy, the the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusa- LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, lem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the and said to the destroying angel, It is enough; evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the now stay thine hand. And the angel of the LORD people, It is enough; now stay thine hand. And stood by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebuthe angel of the LORD was by the threshing-floor site. 16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw of Araunah the Jebusite. 17 And David spake the angel of the LORD stand between the earth unto the LORD when he saw the angel that and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and I have done perversely : but these sheep, and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon what have they done? let thine hand, I pray their faces. 17 And David said unto God, Is it thee, be against me, and against my father's not I that commanded the people to be numhouse.

bered ? even I it is that have sinned and done very wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be against me, and against my father's house; but not against thy people, that they I should be plagued.

(4) DAVID PURCHASES ARAUNAH'S THRESHING-FLOOR AND ERECTS AN ALTAR. 2 Samuel 24:18–25.

1 Chronicles 21:18–30. 18 And Gad came that day to David, and said 18 Then the angel of the LORD commanded unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in Gad to say to David, that David should go up, the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite, and rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshing19 And David went up according to the saying of floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 And David went Gad, as the LORD commanded. 20 And Arau- up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the nah looked forth, and saw the king and his serv- name of the LORD. 20 And Ornan turned back, ants coming on toward him : and Araunah and saw the angel; and his four sons that were went out, and bowed himself before the king with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was with his face to the ground. 21 And Araunah threshing wheat. 21 And as David came to Orsaid, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his nan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out servant? And David said, To buy the threshing- of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to floor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, David with his face to the ground. 22 Then that the plague may be stayed from the people. David said to Ornan, Give me the place of this 22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord threshing-floor, that I may build thereon an altar the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto the LORD: for the full price shalt thou give

a Or, “many.” 6Or, “passing over.”

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i Chronicles 21. unto him : behold, the oxen for the burnt offer- it me: that the plague may be stayed from the ing, and the threshing instruments and the fur- people. 23 And Ornan said unto David, Take niture of the oxen for the wood: 23 « all this, o it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which king, doth Araunah give unto the king. And is good in his eyes : lo, I give thee the oxen for Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments accept thee. 24 And the king said unto Araunah, for wood, and the wheat for the meal offering; Nay; but I will verily buy it of thee at a price: I give it all. 24 And king David said to Ornan, neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD | Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: my God which cost me nothing. So David for I will not take that which is thine for the bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty LORD, nor offer a burnt offering without cost. shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an 25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings hundred shekels of gold by weight. 26 And and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated David built there an altar unto the LORD, and for the land, and the plague was stayed from offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and Israel.

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 in 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 burnt offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon. 30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God: for he was afraid because of the I sword of the angel of the LORD.

III. David's Final Arrangements.
106. PREPARATIONS FOR THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE.

(1) THE TEMPLE SITE CHOSEN.

i Chronicles 22:1. i Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel

(2) DAVID'S PLANS AND FORESIGHT.

I Chronicles 22:2-5. 2 And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel ; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God. 3 And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the couplings; and brass in abundance without weight; 4 and cedar trees without number: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought cedar trees in abundance to David. 5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries : I will therefore make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.

a Or, "all this did Araunah the king give," etc. 61. e., the arrangements which David thought to be final, and which, as the sequel shows, $$108-123, were final, notwithstanding Absalom, Sheba, and Adonijah. Cf. $129.

(3) DAVID'S CHARGE TO SOLOMON.

i Chronicles 22:6-16. 6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD, the God of Israel. 7 And David said to Solomon a his son, As for me, it was in my heart to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God. 8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight : 9 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, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days: lo he shall build an 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 spoken concerning thee. 12 Only the LORD give thee discretion and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel; that so thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God. 13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou observe to do the statutes and the judgements which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel : be strong, and of good courage ; fear not, neither be dismayed. 14 Now, behold, in my e affliction I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; 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 men that are cunning in any manner of work; 16 of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number; arise and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.

(4) DAVID'S CHARGE TO THE PRINCES.

i Chronicles 22:17-19. 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 delivered 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 after 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.

107. THE NATIONAL CONVENTION.
(1) THE CONVENTION SUMMONED.

i Chronicles 23: 1a, 2. Ia Now David was old and full of days. 2 And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.

(2) DATA CONCERNING THE OFFICIALS “GATHERED."
A. THE NUMBER AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE LEVITES.

1 Chronicles 23:3-5. 3 And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward : and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. 4 Of these, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges : 5 and four thousand were doorkeepers ; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.

a According to another reading, “My son, as for me," etc. 61. e., "Peaceful.” c Or, "low estate.”

B. THE TWENTY-FOUR HOUSES OF THE LEVITES. i Chronicles 23:6–23.

I Chronicles 24: 20-30a. 6 And David divided them into a courses according to the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 7 Of the Gershonites; • Ladan and Shimei. 8 The sons of Ladan ; Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three. 9 The sons of Shimei; Shelomoth, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers' houses of Ladan. 10 And the sons of Shimei ; Jahath, - Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. Il And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they became a fathers' house in one reckoning. 12 The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. 13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses : and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons, for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, for ever. 14 But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi. 20 And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the 15 The sons of Moses ; Gershom and Eliezer. sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shu16 The sons of Gershom; Shebuel the chief. bael, Jehdeiah. 21 Of Rehabiah : of the sons of 17 And the sons of Eliezer were, Rehabiah the Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief. 22 Of the Izharites, chief. And Eliezer had none other sons; but Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath. the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18 The 23 And the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the chief, sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief. 19 The sons Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jakaof Hebron; Jeriah the chief, Amariah the sec-meam the fourth. 24 The sons of Uzziel, Micah; ond, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth of the sons of Micah, Shamir. 25 The brother 20 The sons of Uzziel; Micah the chief, and of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, ZechIsshiah the second. 21 The sons of Merari; ariah. 26 The sons of Merari ; Mahli and Mushi: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar the sons of Jaaziah; Beno. 27 The sons of Meand Kish. 22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, rari; of Jaaziah, Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur, but daughters only: and their brethren the and Ibri. 28 Of Mahli; Eleazar, who had no sons of Kish took them to wife. 23 The sons. 29 Of Kish; the sons of Kish, Jerahmeel. sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, 30a And the sons of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, three.

Tand Jerimoth.
C. THE DUTIES OF THE LEVITES.
i Chronicles 23: 24-32.

1 Chronicles 24: 306, 31. 24 These were the sons of Levi after their 306 These were the sons of the Levites after fathers' houses, even the heads of the fathers' their fathers' houses. 31 These likewise cast houses of those of them that were counted, in lots even as their brethren the sons of Aaron in the number of names by their polls, who did the the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and work for the service of the house of the LORD, Ahimelech, and the heads of the fathers' houses from twenty years old and upward. 25 For Da-l of the priests and of the Levites; the fathers' vid said, The LORD, the God of Israel, hath houses of the chief even as those of his younger given rest unto his people; and he dwelleth in brother.

a Heb. "divisions." 6 In 1 Chronicles 6:17, "Libni." See $ 8, (2). cIn ver. 11, “ Zizah.” d'Or, “to sanctify as most holy him," etc.

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