The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 21:18–22:1

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18  Then the angel of YHWH commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and rear an altar unto the YHWH in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

18  And the angel of the Lord told Gad to tell David, that he should go up to erect and altar to the Lord, in the threshing-floor of Orna the Jebusite.

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19  And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of YHWH.

19  Therefore, David ascended, in accord with the word of Gad, which he had spoken to him in the name of the Lord.

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20  And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons that were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.

20  Now when Ornan had looked up and seen the Angel, he and his four sons hid themselves. For at that time, he was threshing wheat upon the floor.

20  And David saw the angel who was destroying the people, that he had stayed his hand and was destroying no more.

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21  And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed down to David with his face to the ground.

21  And David came to Orna; and Orna came forth from the threshing-floor, and did obeisance to David with his face to the ground.

21  Then, as David was approaching Ornan, Ornan saw him, and he went out from the threshing floor to meet him. And he reverenced him prone on the ground.

22  Then David said to Ornan: 'Give me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build thereon an altar unto YHWH; for the full price shalt thou give it me; that the plague may be stayed from the people.'

22  And David said to Orna, Give me thy place of the threshing-floor, and I will build upon it an altar to the Lord: give it me for its worth in money, and the plague shall cease from among the people.

22  And David said to him: “Give this place of your threshing floor to me, so that I may build an altar to the Lord upon it. And you shall accept from me as much money as it is worth, so that the plague may cease from the people.”

23  And Ornan said unto David: 'Take it to thee, and let my lord 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'

23  And Orna said to David, Take it to thyself, and let my lord the king do what is right in his eyes: see, I have given the calves for a whole-burnt-offering, and the plough for wood, and the corn for a meat-offering; I have given all.

23  But Ornan said to David: “Take it, and may my lord the king do whatever pleases him. Moreover, I give the oxen also as a holocaust, and the plow for wood, and the wheat for a sacrifice. I will offer all freely.”

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24  And king David said to Ornan: 'Nay, but I will verily buy it for the full price; for I will not take that which is thine for YHWH, nor offer a burnt-offering without cost.'

24  And king David said to him: “By no means shall it be so. Instead, I will give money to you, as much as it is worth. For I must not take it from you, and thereby offer to the Lord holocausts that cost nothing.”

24  But King David said to Aran, Far be it, but I will surely buy it with money for the full price; for I will not take that which is yours and offer a burnt offering to the LORD without cost.

25  So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.

25  Therefore, David gave Ornan, for the place, the very just weight of six hundred shekels of gold.

25  So David bought from Aran that place of the threshing floor for fifty shekels.

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26  And David built there an altar unto YHWH, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon the YHWH; and He answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering.

26  And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered up whole-burnt-offerings and peace-offerings: and he cried to the Lord, and he answered him by fire out of heaven on the altar of whole-burnt-offerings, and it consumed the whole-burnt-offering.

26  And he built an altar to the Lord there. And he offered holocausts and peace offerings, and he called upon the Lord. And he heeded him by sending fire from heaven upon the altar of the holocaust.

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27  And YHWH commanded the angel; and he put up his sword back into the sheath thereof.

27  And the Lord spoke to the angel; and he put up the sword into its sheath.

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28  At that time, when David saw that YHWH had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.

28  Then, seeing that the Lord had heeded him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, David immediately immolated victims there.

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29  For the tabernacle of YHWH, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt-offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon.

29  But the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses had made in the desert, and the altar of holocausts, were at that time on the high place of Gibeon.

29  And he pitched there before the LORD the tabernacle which Moses had made in the wilderness when the children of Israel went forth out of Egypt.

30  But David could not go before it to inquire of God; for he was terrified because of the sword of the angel of YHWH.

30  And David was unable to go to the altar, so that he might pray to God there. For he had been struck with an exceedingly great fear, seeing the sword of the Angel of the Lord.

30  At that time David was exceedingly afraid, and could not go to pray before the LORD for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.

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

And David said, “This is the house of God, and this is the altar for the holocaust of Israel.”