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Ver. 1 À ND again the Anger of the LORD was KINDLED

n against ISRAEL, and he moved David against them, so say, Go number Israel and Judah.

2 For the King said to Joab the Captain of the Hoft, which was with him, Go now through all the Tribes of Ifrael, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye the People, that I may know the Number of the People. • 3 And Joab said unto the King, Now the LORD thy God add unto the People (how many foever they be) an hundred-fold, and that the Eyes of my Lord the King may see it, but why doth my LORD the King delight in this Thing?

4 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.

5 And they paifed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the Right side of the City that lieth in the midst of the River of Gad, and toward Jazer.

.6 Then they came to Gilead, and to the Land of Tabtim-hodshi; and they came to Dan-jaan, and 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, even to Beer-sheba. ; 8 So when they had gone through all the Land, they

came to Jerusalem at the End of nine Months and twenty Days.

ġ And Joab gave up the Sum of the Number 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. .

10 And David's Heart SMOTE him, after that he had numbred the People: and David said unto the LORD, I have finned greatly in that I have done : and now I befeech 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 faith the LORD, I offer thee three Things ; chuse thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

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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 that 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 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 Beer-fheba, seventy thousand Men.

16 And when the Ange! stretched out his Hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the E- . vil, and said to the Angel that destroyed the People, It is enough : stay now thine Hand. And the ANGEL of the LORD was by the Threshing-place of Araunah ţhe Jebu- ' fite. . 17 And David spake unto the Lord when he saw the Angel that 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, bę 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 in 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, Wherefore is my Lord the King come to his Servant? And David said, To buy the Threshing-floor of 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 be Oxen for Burnt-facrifice, 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 Araynah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a Price : neither will I offer Bumiofferings unto the LORD my God, of that which doth coft me nothing. So David bought the Threshing-floor, and the Oxen, for fifty Shekels of Silver,

25 And David built there an ALTĄR unto the LORD, and offered Burnt-offerings and Peace-offerings : so the LORD was INTREATED for the Land, and the PLAGUE Was STAYED from Israel.

1 CHRON. XXI. 28 At that Time, when David saw that the LORD had ANSWERED him in the Threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebufite, 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 in the high Place at Gibeon.

30 But David could not go before it to enquire of GOD; for he was AFRAID, because of the SWORD of the ANGEL of the Lord.



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Kings of Israel and JUDAH,

Abstracted from the Books of KINGS and CHRONICLES.

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I. CHRON. CHA P. XXII. i David prepareth for the building of the Temple : 6 He in

fructeth Solomon in God's Promises and his Duty, Ver. 1

KHEN David said, This is the House

of the LORD God, and this is the Altar of the Burnt-offering for Israel.

2 And David commanded to gather together the Strangers that were in the

Land of Israel, and he set Masons to hew wrought Stone 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 Joinings; and Brass in abundance without weight;

4 Also

4 Also Cedar-trees in abundance : for the Zidonians, and they of Tyre, brought much Cedar-wood to David.

Ś 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 now make Preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his Death.

6 Then he called for Solomon his Son, and charged him to build an House for the LORD God of Israel.

7 And David said to Solomon, My Son, as for me, it was in my Mind to build an House unto the Name of the LORD my God.

8 But the WORD of the LORD came unto me, saying, Thou hast shed Blood abundantly, and hast made great Wars: thou shalt not build an House unto my Name, becaufe thou haft shed much Blood upon the Earth in my fight.

9 Behold, a Son shall be born to thee, who shall be 2 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.

10 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 faid of thee.

12 Only the LORD give thee WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING, and give thee Charge concerning Israel, that thou mayst KEEP the Law of the LORD thy God.

13 Then shalt thou PROSPER, if thou takeit heed to fulfil the Statutes and Judgments which the Lord charged Mofes with concerning Israel : be strong and of good Cousage, DREAD not, nor be DISMAYED.

14 Now behold, in my Trouble 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 mayeft add thereto.

* Dr. Prideaux computes an Hebrew Talent of Silver at 4501. Sterling; and «Talent of Gold at 72001. Sterling : By this Compuaior 1000000 Talents of Si: will amount to 450 Millions of Pounds Sterling, and tooooo Talents of Gold will amount in Pounds Sterliog 10 4200 Millions, in both, 7650 Millions.

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