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  • When David arrived at Rabbah, he removed the crown from the king's head,* and it was placed on David's own head. The crown was made of gold and set with gems, and it weighed about seventy-five pounds.* David took a vast amount of plunder from the city.1 - 1 Chronicles 20:2

  • He also made slaves of the people of Rabbah and forced them to labor with saws, picks, and axes.* That is how he dealt with the people of all the Ammonite cities. Then David and his army returned to Jerusalem.2 - 1 Chronicles 20:3

  • defied and taunted Israel. But he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David's brother Shimea. - 1 Chronicles 20:7

  • These Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but they were killed by David and his warriors. - 1 Chronicles 20:8

  • Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the Israelites. - 1 Chronicles 21:1

  • David gave these orders to Joab and his commanders: "Take a census of all the people in the land--from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north--and bring me the totals so I may know how many there are." - 1 Chronicles 21:2

  • and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 men of military age in Israel, and 470,000 in Judah. - 1 Chronicles 21:5

  • Then David said to God, "I have sinned greatly and shouldn't have taken the census. Please forgive me for doing this foolish thing." - 1 Chronicles 21:8

  • Then the LORD spoke to Gad, David's seer. This was the message: - 1 Chronicles 21:9

  • "Go and say to David, `This is what the LORD says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will do it.' " - 1 Chronicles 21:10

  • So Gad came to David and said, "These are the choices the LORD has given you. - 1 Chronicles 21:11

  • "This is a desperate situation!" David replied to Gad. "But let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands." - 1 Chronicles 21:13

  • David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD standing between heaven and earth with his sword drawn, stretched out over Jerusalem. So David and the leaders of Israel put on sackcloth to show their distress and fell down with their faces to the ground. - 1 Chronicles 21:16

  • And David said to God, "I am the one who called for the census! I am the one who has sinned and done wrong! But these people are innocent--what have they done? O LORD my God, let your anger fall against me and my family, but do not destroy your people." - 1 Chronicles 21:17

  • Then the angel of the LORD told Gad to instruct David to build an altar to the LORD at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. - 1 Chronicles 21:18

  • So David obeyed the instructions the LORD had given him through Gad. - 1 Chronicles 21:19

  • When Araunah saw the king approaching, he left his threshing floor and bowed to the ground before David. - 1 Chronicles 21:21
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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