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2 Samuel chapter 24

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Again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, "Go, number Israel and Judah."
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So the king said to Jo'ab and the commanders of the army, who were with him, "Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beer-sheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people."
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But Jo'ab said to the king, "May the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it; but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?"
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But the king's word prevailed against Jo'ab and the commanders of the army. So Jo'ab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to number the people of Israel.
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They crossed the Jordan, and began from Aro'er, and from the city that is in the middle of the valley, toward Gad and on to Jazer.
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Then they came to Gilead, and to Kadesh in the land of the Hittites; and they came to Dan, and from Dan they went around to Sidon,
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and came to the fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and Canaanites; and they went out to the Negeb of Judah at Beer-sheba.
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So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
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And Jo'ab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to the king: in Israel there were eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand.
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But David's heart smote him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, I pray thee, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly."
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And when David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
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"Go and say to David, `Thus says the LORD, Three things I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do it to you."
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So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, "Shall three years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days' pestilence in your land? Now consider, and decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me."
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Then David said to Gad, "I am in great distress; let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man."
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So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time; and there died of the people from Dan to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.
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And when the angel stretched forth his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented of the evil, and said to the angel who was working destruction among the people, "It is enough; now stay your hand." And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Arau'nah the Jeb'usite.
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Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was smiting the people, and said, "Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let thy hand, I pray thee, be against me and against my father's house."
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And Gad came that day to David, and said to him, "Go up, rear an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Arau'nah the Jeb'usite."
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So David went up at Gad's word, as the LORD commanded.
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And when Arau'nah looked down, he saw the king and his servants coming on toward him; and Arau'nah went forth, and did obeisance to the king with his face to the ground.
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And Arau'nah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" David said, "To buy the threshing floor of you, in order to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be averted from the people."
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Then Arau'nah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him; here are the oxen for the burnt offering, and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood.
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All this, O king, Arau'nah gives to the king." And Arau'nah said to the king, "The LORD your God accept you."
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But the king said to Arau'nah, "No, but I will buy it of you for a price; I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
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And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD heeded supplications for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.

1 Chronicles chapter 21

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Satan stood up against Israel, and incited David to number Israel.
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So David said to Jo'ab and the commanders of the army, "Go, number Israel, from Beer-sheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number."
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But Jo'ab said, "May the LORD add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not, my lord the king, all of them my lord's servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should he bring guilt upon Israel?"
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But the king's word prevailed against Jo'ab. So Jo'ab departed and went throughout all Israel, and came back to Jerusalem.
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And Jo'ab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. In all Israel there were one million one hundred thousand men who drew the sword, and in Judah four hundred and seventy thousand who drew the sword.
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But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king's command was abhorrent to Jo'ab.
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But God was displeased with this thing, and he smote Israel.
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And David said to God, "I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, I pray thee, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly."
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And the LORD spoke to Gad, David's seer, saying,
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"Go and say to David, `Thus says the LORD, Three things I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do it to you.'"
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So Gad came to David and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, `Take which you will:
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either three years of famine; or three months of devastation by your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you; or else three days of the sword of the LORD, pestilence upon the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.' Now decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me."
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Then David said to Gad, "I am in great distress; let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is very great; but let me not fall into the hand of man."
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So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel; and there fell seventy thousand men of Israel.
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And God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but when he was about to destroy it, the LORD saw, and he repented of the evil; and he said to the destroying angel, "It is enough; now stay your hand." And the angel of the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jeb'usite.
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And David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, and in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
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And David said to God, "Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done very wickedly. But these sheep, what have they done? Let thy hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be against me and against my father's house; but let not the plague be upon thy people."
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Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to David that David should go up and rear an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jeb'usite.
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So David went up at Gad's word, which he had spoken in the name of the LORD.
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Now Ornan was threshing wheat; he turned and saw the angel, and his four sons who were with him hid themselves.
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As David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David and went forth from the threshing floor, and did obeisance to David with his face to the ground.
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And David said to Ornan, "Give me the site of the threshing floor that I may build on it an altar to the LORD--give it to me at its full price--that the plague may be averted from the people."
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Then Ornan said to David, "Take it; and let my lord the king do what seems good to him; see, I give the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing sledges for the wood, and the wheat for a cereal offering. I give it all."
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But King David said to Ornan, "No, but I will buy it for the full price; I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings which cost me nothing."
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So David paid Ornan six hundred shekels of gold by weight for the site.
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And David built there an altar to the LORD and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD, and he answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.
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Then the LORD commanded the angel; and he put his sword back into its sheath.
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At that time, when David saw that the LORD had answered him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jeb'usite, he made his sacrifices there.
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For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time in the high place at Gibeon;
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but David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.

Psalm chapter 30

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A Psalm of David. A Song at the dedication of the Temple.
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I will extol thee, O LORD, for thou hast drawn me up, and hast not let my foes rejoice over me.
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O LORD my God, I cried to thee for help, and thou hast healed me.
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O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
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Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
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For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
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As for me, I said in my prosperity, "I shall never be moved."
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By thy favor, O LORD, thou hadst established me as a strong mountain; thou didst hide thy face, I was dismayed.
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To thee, O LORD, I cried; and to the LORD I made supplication:
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"What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise thee? Will it tell of thy faithfulness?
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Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be thou my helper!"
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Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, [ (Psalms 30:13) that my soul may praise thee and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to thee for ever. ]

1 Thessalonians chapter 2

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For you yourselves know, brethren, that our visit to you was not in vain;
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but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philip'pi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great opposition.
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For our appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile;
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but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but to please God who tests our hearts.
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For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
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nor did we seek glory from men, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.
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But we were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children.
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So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
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For you remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached to you the gospel of God.
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You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our behavior to you believers;
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for you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you
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to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
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And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
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For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus which are in Judea; for you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,
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who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all men
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by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved--so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God's wrath has come upon them at last!
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But since we were bereft of you, brethren, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face;
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because we wanted to come to you--I, Paul, again and again--but Satan hindered us.
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For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?
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For you are our glory and joy.
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