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SECOND SAMUEL

have they done? let Thy hand, I pray Thee, be against me, and against my father's house.'

18And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him: 'Go up, rear an altar unto the Lord in the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite.' 19And David went up according to the saying of Gad, as the Lord commanded. 20And Araunah looked forth, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him; and Araunah went out, and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground. 21And Araunah said: 'Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant?' And David said: 'To buy the threshing-floor of thee, to build an altar unto the Lord, that the plague may be stayed from the people.' 22And Araunah said unto David: 'Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him; behold the oxen for the burnt-offering, and the threshing-instruments and the furniture of the oxen for the wood.' 23All this did Araunah the king give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king: 'The Lord thy God accept thee.' 24And the king said unto Araunah: 'Nay; but I will verily buy it of thee at a price; neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto the Lord my God which cost me nothing.' So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. So the Lord was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

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