1 Chronicles 21-23 World English Bible

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David Numbers Israel and Judah

21 1  Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. 2  David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them. 3  Joab said, Yahweh make his people a hundred times as many as they are: but, my lord the king, aren’t they all my lord’s servants? Why does my lord require this thing? Why will he be a cause of guilt to Israel? 4  Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. 5  Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people to David. All those of Israel were one million one hundred thousand men who drew sword: and in Judah were four hundred seventy thousand men who drew sword. 6  But he didn’t count Levi and Benjamin among them; for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.

7  God was displeased with this thing; therefore he struck Israel. 8  David said to God, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing: but now, put away, I beg you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly. 9  Yahweh spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, 10  Go and speak to David, saying, Thus says Yahweh, I offer you three things: choose one of them, that I may do it to you. 11  So Gad came to David, and said to him, Thus says Yahweh, Take your choice: 12  either three years of famine; or three months to be consumed before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you; or else three days the sword of Yahweh, even pestilence in the land, and the angel of Yahweh destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer I shall return to him who sent me. 13  David said to Gad, I am in distress. Let me fall, I pray, into the hand of Yahweh; for very great are his mercies: and let me not fall into the hand of man. 14  So Yahweh sent a pestilence on Israel; and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. 15  God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was about to destroy, Yahweh saw, and he relented of the disaster, and said to the destroying angel, It is enough; now stay your hand. The angel of Yahweh was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16  David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of Yahweh standing between earth and the sky, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces. 17  David said to God, Isn’t it I who commanded the people to be numbered? It is even I who have sinned and done very wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O Yahweh my God, be against me, and against my father’s house; but not against your people, that they should be plagued.

18  Then the angel of Yahweh commanded Gad to tell David, that David should go up, and raise an altar to Yahweh in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19  David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of Yahweh. 20  Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 21  As David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing floor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground. 22  Then David said to Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build thereon an altar to Yahweh: for the full price you shall give it to me, that the plague may be stopped from afflicting the people. 23  Ornan said to David, Take it for yourself, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: behold, I give you the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meal offering; I give it all. 24  King David said to Ornan, No; but I will most certainly buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is yours for Yahweh, nor offer a burnt offering without cost. 25  So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight. 26  David built there an altar to Yahweh, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on Yahweh; and he answered him from the sky by fire on the altar of burnt offering. 27  Yahweh commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into its sheath.

The Site for the Temple

28  At that time, when David saw that Yahweh had answered him in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there. 29  For the tabernacle of Yahweh, 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 couldn’t go before it to inquire of God; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Yahweh.

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

David's Preparation for the Temple

2  David commanded to gather together the foreigners who were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to cut worked stones to build the house of God. 3  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 Sidonians and they of Tyre brought cedar trees in abundance to David. 5  David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for Yahweh must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.

6  Then he called for Solomon his son, and commanded him to build a house for Yahweh, the God of Israel. 7  David said to Solomon his son, As for me, it was in my heart to build a house to the name of Yahweh my God. 8  But the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, You have shed blood abundantly, and have made great wars: you shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. 9  Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness to 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, Yahweh be with you; and prosper you, and build the house of Yahweh your God, as he has spoken concerning you. 12  May Yahweh give you discretion and understanding, and put you in charge of Israel; that so you may keep the law of Yahweh your God. 13  Then you shall prosper, if you observe to do the statutes and the ordinances which Yahweh gave Moses concerning Israel. Be strong, and of good courage. Don’t be afraid, neither be dismayed. 14  Now, behold, in my affliction I have prepared for the house of Yahweh one hundred thousand talents of gold, and one million talents of silver, and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and you may add to them. 15  There are also workmen with you in abundance, cutters and workers of stone and timber, and all kinds of men who are skillful in every kind of work: 16  of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise and be doing, and Yahweh be with you.

17  David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, 18  Isn’t Yahweh your God with you? Hasn’t he given you rest on every side? for he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before Yahweh, and before his people. 19  Now set your heart and your soul to seek after Yahweh your God; arise therefore, and build the sanctuary of Yahweh God, to bring the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of Yahweh.

23 1  Now David was old and full of days; and he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

The Divisions and Duties of the Levites

2  He gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 3  The Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty-eight thousand. 4  Of these, twenty-four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Yahweh; and six thousand were officers and judges; 5  and four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Yahweh with the instruments which I made, said David, for giving praise. 6  David divided them into divisions 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  The sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 11  Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Jeush and Beriah didn’t have 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, forever, to burn incense before Yahweh, to minister to him, and to bless in his name, forever. 14  But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi. 15  The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16  The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. 17  The sons of Eliezer were: Rehabiah the chief; and Eliezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18  The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief. 19  The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 20  The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief, and Isshiah the second. 21  The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. 22  Eleazar died, and had no sons, but daughters only: and their brothers the sons of Kish took them to wife. 23  The sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24  These were the sons of Levi after their fathers’ houses, even the heads of the fathers’ houses of those who were counted individually, in the number of names by their polls, who did the work for the service of the house of Yahweh, from twenty years old and upward. 25  For David said, Yahweh, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people; and he dwells in Jerusalem forever: 26  and also the Levites shall no more have need to carry the tabernacle and all its vessels for its service. 27  For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward. 28  For their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Yahweh, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God; 29  for the show bread also, and for the fine flour for a meal offering, whether of unleavened wafers, or of that which is baked in the pan, or of that which is soaked, and for all manner of measure and size; 30  and to stand every morning to thank and praise Yahweh, and likewise in the evening; 31  and to offer all burnt offerings to Yahweh, on the Sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts, in number according to the ordinance concerning them, continually before Yahweh; 32  and that they should keep the duty of the Tent of Meeting, and the duty of the holy place, and the duty of the sons of Aaron their brothers, for the service of the house of Yahweh.

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