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Ferrar Fentons 'Holy Bible in Modern English. All spelling, punctuation and formatting maintained through-out. Verse ordering follows the King James version for clarity and necessary organization of the verses.

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RF SA2 24:1 (B.C. 1017.) David orders a conscription, and the result.
The EVER-LIVING, however, was again angry with Israel, when David turned, and commanded to go and make a Conscription of Israel and Judah,
RF SA2 24:2 for the king ordered J'oab commander of his forces "to whip them up"1 in all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Bersheba, and brigade in the forces, "that I may know the number of my forces."
RF SA2 24:3 But J'oab answered the king, "May your EVER-LIVING GOD increase-the forces by enlistments2 a hundred fold, that the eyes of your Majesty may see:—but, your Majesty, why are you inclined to this thing?"
RF SA2 24:4 The order of the king, however, prevailed over J'oab, and the Officers of the army, so J'oab and the Officers of the army went from the presence of the king to conscript Israel for the forces.
RF SA2 24:5 They also passed over the Jordan and encamped at Aroar, on the south of the city which is in the mid-valley of Gad and Jazer.
RF SA2 24:6 Thence he went to Gilgal, and the lowlands of Khadshi, and came to Dan, and around to Zidon.
RF SA2 24:7 From there they went to the fortress of Tzur, and all the villages of the Hivites, and the Canaanites. Then they went to the south of Judah to Bersheba,
1. Literal translation of the word, Shot-na, of the Hebrew.—F.F.
2. V. 3. "By enlistment" Hebrew is literally "From up and down." = Kahem v Kahem.—F.F.
RF SA2 24:8 and "whipped up" the whole country, and came to a finish on the tenth day of the ninth month at Jerusalem,
RF SA2 24:9 when J'oab delivered the number enrolled in the forces to the king, and in Israel it was eight hundred thousand men, strong to draw the sword; and of the men of Judah, five hundred thousand men.
RF SA2 24:10 Then the heart of David reproved him after he had conscripted the people. And David said to the EVER-LIVING, "I have sinned grievously by what I have done! But now, LORD, pass over the fault of Your servant, for I have been foolish."
RF SA2 24:11 When David arose in the morning,—then the word of the EVER-LIVING came to Gad the Reciter,—David's Preacher 1—to say,
RF SA2 24:12 "Go, and speak to David, 'Thus says the EVER-LIVING;—I will lay three loads for you. Choose one of them, and I will make it for you!'"
RF SA2 24:13 Gad consequently went to David and informed him, and asked, "Shall seven years of famine come for you upon the country? or will you fly for three months before your enemies while they pursue you? or shall there be three days' destruction on your country? Now instruct me, and show what reply I shall return to my sender?"
RF SA2 24:14 When the king replied to Gad, "It is very hard for me! Let me, however, fall into the hand of the EVER-LIVING, for His mercies are many,—for I would not fall into the hand of man."
RF SA2 24:15 The EVER-LIVING therefore sent a destruction to Israel from daybreak until after noon, and there died of the people, from Dan to Bersheba, seventy-seven thousand men.
RF SA2 24:16 But when the Messenger stretched his hand to Jerusalem to desolate it, He had pity for the flock, and said to the Messenger, "Enough of the people are desolated now, withdraw your hand." And the Messenger of the EVER-LIVING was near the thrashing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
RF SA2 24:17 But David appealed to the EVER-LIVING, when he saw the Messenger who assailed the people, exclaiming, "I myself have sinned, and I myself have offended; but these sheep what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be on me and upon my father's house."
1 Or Chaplain.—F, F.
RF SA2 24:18 Then Gad came at that moment and said to him, "Go up,—raise an altar to the EVER-LIVING at the granary of Araunah the Jebusite."
RF SA2 24:19 Consequently David went up as the EVER-LIVING ordered him,
RF SA2 24:20 and Araunah looking forward saw the king and his Officers approaching to him, so Araunah went and bowed to the king, with face earthward.
RF SA2 24:21 Then Araunah asked, "Why does His Majesty come to his servant?" And David replied, "To buy from you this granary to build an altar to the EVER-LIVING, to remove the plague from off the people."
RF SA2 24:22 Araunah said to David, "Take it! And let the king offer up what is good in his eyes. See, there are the oxen for a sacrifice, and the thrashing machine and yokes of the oxen for wood.
RF SA2 24:23 Araunah as a king gives the whole to the king." And Araunah added to the king, "May your EVER-LIVING GOD accept you!"
RF SA2 24:24 David, however, replied to Araunah, "No!—but I will buy them of you by payment, for I will not offer to my EVER-LIVING GOD an offering costing me nothing."
So David bought the granary and the oxen, for fifty shekels of silver, and David built there an altar to the EVER-LIVING,
RF SA2 24:25 and offered a burnt-offering, and thank-offering, when the EVER-LIVING was entreated for the land, and removed the plague from the country.


AKJV ROM 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

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