And it came to pass after this, that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his place. 2 And David said, I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him. 3 But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Do you think that David honors your father, in that he has sent comforters to you? Have not his servants come to you to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land? 4 So Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. 5 Then there went certain persons, and told David how the men were served. And he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Stay at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return.
6 And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire for themselves chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Arammaacah, and out of Zobah. 7 So they hired themselves thirty-two thousand chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people, who came and encamped before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle. 8 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men. 9 And the children of Ammon came out, and put the battle in array at the gate of the city: and the kings that had come were by themselves in the field.
10 Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians. 11 And the rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother; and they put themselves in array against the children of Ammon. 12 And he said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the children of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you. 13 Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our Elohim: and may Yahweh do that which seems him good. 14 So Joab and the people that were with him drew near before the Syrians to the battle; and they fled before him. 15 And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fleeing, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.
16 And when the Syrians saw that they had been beaten before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians that were beyond the River, with Shophach the captain of the host of Hadarezer at their head. 17 And it was told to David: and he gathered all Israel together, and passed over the Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David killed of the Syrians the men of seven thousand chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the army. 19 And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they had been beaten before Israel, they made peace with David, and served him: neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon any more.
And it came to pass, at the time of the return of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that Joab led forth the army, and destroyed the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. And Joab attacked Rabbah, and overthrew it. 2 And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David’s head: and he brought forth the spoil of the city, very much. 3 And he brought forth the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. And thus David did to all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
4 And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines: then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, of the sons of the giant; and they were subdued. 5 And there was again war with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 6 And there was again war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were twenty-four, six on each hand, and six on each foot; and he also was born to the giant. 7 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David’s brother killed him. 8 These were born to the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. 2 And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them. 3 And Joab said, May Yahweh make his people a hundred times as many as they are: but, my sovereign the king, are they not all my sovereign’s servants? Why does my sovereign 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 And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people to David. And all they of Israel were a million and one hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred seventy thousand men that drew sword. 6 But Levi and Benjamin he did not count among them; for the king’s word was abominable to Joab. 7 And Elohim was displeased with this thing; therefore he punished Israel. 8 And David said to Elohim, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing: but now, put away, I plead you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly.
9 And Yahweh spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, 10 Go and speak to David, saying, In this manner 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, In this manner says Yahweh, Take which you will: 12 either three years of famine; or three months to be consumed before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overcomes 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 that sent me. 13 And David said to Gad, I am in a great 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 upon Israel; and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. 15 And Elohim sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was about to destroy, Yahweh beheld, and he repented of the evil, and said to the destroying angel, It is enough; now withdraw your hand. And the angel of Yahweh was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of Yahweh standing between earth and heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 17 And David said to Elohim, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? Even I it is that have sinned and done very wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let your hand, I pray you, O Yahweh my Elohim, 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 say to David, that David should go up, and rear an altar to Yahweh in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of Yahweh. 20 And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons that were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 21 And 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 shall you give it to me, that the plague may be stopped from the people. 23 And Ornan said to David, Take it to yourself, and let my sovereign the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give thee the oxen for burnt-offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meal-offering; I give it all. 24 And king David said to Ornan, No; but I will truly 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 And David built there an altar to Yahweh, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon Yahweh; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering. 27 And Yahweh commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath of it.
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 could not go before it to inquire of Elohim; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Yahweh.