21[1 -8] Satan rose up against Israel, moving David to number Israel. David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know how many we have. Joab said, Yahweh make his people a hundred times as many as they are; but Ruler David, aren’t they all your workers? Why do you want to know this thing? Why will you be a cause of guilt to Israel? But the ruler’s word was strong against Joab. So Joab left, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. All those of Israel were 1,100,000 soldiers; and in Judah were 470,000 soldiers. But he didn’t count Levi and Benjamin with them because the ruler’s word was wrong to Joab. God was unhappy with this thing and so punished Israel. David said to God, I’ve sinned greatly, in that I’ve done this thing; but now, forgive, I beg you, the sin of Your worker because I’ve done a very ungodly thing.
[9-17] The messenger of Yahweh said to Gad, David’s preacher, saying, “Go and speak to David, saying, ‘Yahweh says, I offer you three choices; choose one of them, that I may do it to you.’” So Gad came to David, saying to him, “Yahweh says, ‘Choose which you want, either three years of no harvests; or three months to be destroyed by your enemies, while they overtake you; or else three days by the hand of Yahweh, with disease in the land, and the angel of Yahweh destroying throughout all the borders of Israel.’ Now think about it and tell me what answer I’ll give to the One who sent Me.” David said to Gad, I’m in great trouble; so let me fall, I pray, into the hand of Yahweh because God’s mercies are very great; and let me not fall into the hand of humans. So Yahweh sent a disease on Israel; and 70,000 men of Israel fell. God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; and as it was about to be destroyed, Yahweh saw, and repented of the evil, saying to the destroying angel, “It’s enough; now stay your hand.” The angel of Yahweh was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. David looked up, and saw the angel of Yahweh standing between earth and the sky, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in mourning clothes, fell on their faces. David said to God, Isn’t it I who ordered the people to be counted? It’s I who has sinned and done very evil; but these people, what have they done? Please let your hand, O Yahweh my God, be against me, and against my father’s house; but not against Your people, that they should be troubled.
[18-27] Then the angel of Yahweh told Gad to tell David, that David should go up, and raise an altar to Yahweh in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. David went up at the saying of Gad, which he said in the Name of Yahweh. Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 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. Then David said to Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build on it an altar to Yahweh and I’ll pay you the full price to give it to me, that this disease may be stopped from the people. Ornan said to David, “Take it to you, and do whatever’s good in your eyes; see, I give you the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meal offering; I give it all.” But David said to Ornan, “No; but I’ll most certainly buy it for the full price because I won’t take what’s yours for Yahweh, nor offer a burnt offering without cost.” So David gave to Ornan for the place 600 gold coins by weight. David built there an altar to Yahweh, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on Yahweh, who answered him from the sky by fire on the altar of burnt offering. Yahweh told the angel to put up the sword again into its sheath.
[28-30] At that time, when David saw that Yahweh had answered him in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there. For the tent of Yahweh, which Moses made in the countryside, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time in the high place at Gibeon. But David couldn’t go before it to ask of God because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of Yahweh.
22[1-5] Then David said, “This is the Place of Worship of Yahweh God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” David told them to gather together the foreigners who were in the land of Israel; and he set stonebuilders to hew worked stones to build the house of God. David prepared much iron for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the hinges; and a whole lot of brass; and too many cedar trees to count because the Sidonians and the people of Tyre brought a great many cedar trees to David. David said, “Solomon my child is young and immature, and the house that is to be built for Yahweh must be very wonderful, of great fame and well known throughout all countries; so I’ll make preparation for it. So David prepared a great deal before his death.
[6-10] Then he called for Solomon his son, and told him to build a house for Yahweh, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon his son, “As for me, it was in my heart to build a house to the Name of Yahweh my God. But the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, ‘You’ve killed many people, and have made great wars; so you won’t build a house in My Name, because you’ve shed much blood on the earth in My sight. See, a son will be born to you, who will be one of rest; and I’ll give him rest from all his enemies around; whose name will be Solomon, and I’ll give peace and quietness to Israel in his days; he’ll build a house for My Name; and he’ll be My child, and I’ll be like a parent to him; and I’ll set up the throne of his rule over Israel forever.’
[11-16] Now, my child, Yahweh will be with you; and you will do well, and build the Place of Worship of Yahweh your God, just as God has said about you. May Yahweh give you good judgment and understanding, and put you in charge of Israel; so that you may keep the law of Yahweh your God. Then you’ll do well, if you keep the laws and the rules which Yahweh gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and brave. Don’t be scared, nor be worried. Now, see, I’ve gone through a lot of trouble to prepare for the Place of Worship of Yahweh 7,500,000 lbs of gold, and 75,000,000 lbs of silver, and more brass and iron than can be weighed because there’s so much; I’ve also gotten wood and stone; and you may add to them. There are also many workers for you, stonecutters and builders and woodworkers, and all kinds of skillful people in every trade; of the gold, silver, brass, and iron, there is no number. Get up and get to work, and Yahweh be with you.
[17-19] David also told all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, “Isn’t Yahweh your God with you? Hasn’t God given you rest on every side? Who has given the people of the land to me; and the land is peaceful before Yahweh, and before God’s people. Now set your heart and your soul to look after Yahweh your God; Get up, and build the sanctuary of Yahweh God, to bring the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh, and the holy pots of God, into the house that is to be built to the Name of Yahweh.
23[1-6] Now David was very old and near death; and he made Solomon his son ruler over Israel. He gathered together all the leaders of Israel with the preachers and the Levites. The Levites were counted from 30 years old and up; and their number by their polls, was 38,000. Of these, 24,000 were to oversee the work of the Place of Worship of Yahweh; and 6,000 were officers and judges; and 4,000 were doorkeepers; and 4,000 praised Yahweh with the instruments which David made for giving praise. David divided them into divisions according to the descendants of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
[7-11] Of the Gershonites were Ladan and Shimei. The descendants of Ladan were Jehiel the first, Zetham, and Joel, three in all. The descendants of Shimei were Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three in all. These were the heads of the ancestors’ houses of Ladan. The descendants of Shimei were Jahath, Zina, Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the descendants of Shimei. Jahath was the first, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah didn’t have many sons; so they became one house in counting.
[12-20] The descendants of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four in all. The descendants of Amram were Aaron and Moses; and Aaron was set apart, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons, forever, to burn incense before Yahweh, to minister to God, and to bless the Name of God, forever. But as for Moses, the follower of God, his sons were named among the family group of Levi. The descendants of Moses were Gershom and Eliezer. The descendant of Gershom was Shebuel the leader. The descendant of Eliezer was Rehabiah the leader; and Eliezer had no other sons; but Rehabiah had very many descendants. The descendant of Izhar was Shelomith the leader. The descendants of Hebron were Jeriah the leader, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. The descendants of Uzziel were Micah the leader, and Isshiah the second.
[21-23] The descendants of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. The descendants of Mahli were Eleazar and Kish. Eleazar died, and had no sons, but only daughters; and their cousins, the descendants of Kish, married them. The descendants of Mushi were Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three in all.
[24-32] These were the descendants of Levi after their ancestors’ houses, even the heads of the ancestors’ houses of the ones who were counted, in the number of names by their polls, who did the work for the service of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, from 20 years old and up. For David said, “Yahweh, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people and lives in Jerusalem forever; and also the Levites won’t have to carry the tent and all the pots for its service.” For by the last words of David, the descendants of Levi were counted, from 20 years old and up. For their office was to wait on the descendants of Aaron for the service of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, in the courts, the rooms, and the purifying of all the holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God, and for the showbread also, and for the fine flour for meal offerings, whether its wafers made without yeast, or of what’s baked in the pan, or of what’s soaked, and for all kinds of measures and sizes; and to stand every morning and evening to thank and praise Yahweh; and to offer all burnt offerings to Yahweh, on the Seventh Days, on the new moons, and on the set celebrations, in number according to the rule about them, continually before Yahweh; and that they should keep charge of the Place of Worship, and of the holy place, and charge of the descendants of Aaron, their family members, for the service of the Place of Worship of Yahweh.
24[1-6] These were the divisions of the descendants of Aaron. The descendants of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, having no children; so Eleazar and Ithamar served in the preacher’s office. David, with Zadok of the descendants of Eleazar, and Ahimelech, of the sons Ithamar, divided them according to their order in their service. There were more leaders found of the descendants of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and so they were divided in this way: there were sixteen of the descendants of Eleazar, heads of their ancestors’ houses; and eight of the sons Ithamar, according to their ancestors’ houses. They were divided impartially by drawing the judgment stones because they were leaders of the sanctuary, and leaders of God, both of the descendants of Eleazar, and of the sons Ithamar. Shemaiah of Nethanel, the secretary, who was of the Levites, wrote them down in the presence of the ruler, the leaders, Zadok the preacher, Ahimelech of Abiathar, the heads of the ancestors’ houses of the preachers and of the Levites; one house being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar.
[7-19] Now the 1st to be chosen was Jehoiarib, the 2nd to Jedaiah, the 3rd to Harim, the 4th to Seorim, the 5th to Malchijah, the 6th to Mijamin, the 7th to Hakkoz, the 8th to Abijah, the 9th to Jeshua, the 10th to Shecaniah, the 11th to Eliashib, the 12th to Jakim, the 13th to Huppah, the 14th to Jeshebeab, the 15th to Bilgah, the 16th to Immer, the 17th to Hezir, the 18th to Happizzez, the 19th to Pethahiah, the 20th to Jehezkel, the 21st to Jachin, the 22nd to Gamul, the 23rd to Delaiah, and the 24th to Maaziah. This was their order in their service, to come into the Place of Worship of Yahweh according to the rule given to them by Aaron their father, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, had told him.
[20-31] Of the rest of the descendants of Levi; of the descendants of Amram, Shubael; of the descendants of Shubael, Jehdeiah. Of Rehabiah; of the descendants of Rehabiah, Isshiah 1st. Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the descendants of Shelomoth, Jahath. The descendants of Hebron; Jeriah 1st, Amariah 2nd, Jahaziel 3rd, and Jekameam 4th. The descendants of Uzziel, Micah; of the descendants of Micah, Shamir. The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the descendants of Isshiah, Zechariah. The descendants of Merari; Mahli and Mushi; the descendants of Jaaziah; Beno. The descendants of Merari; of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri. Of Mahli; Eleazar, who had no sons. Of Kish; the descendants of Kish; Jerahmeel. The descendants of Mushi; Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the descendants of the Levites after their ancestors’ houses. In the same way, these threw judgment stones, even as their family members, the descendants of Aaron, in the presence of David the ruler, Zadok, Ahimelech, and the heads of the ancestors’ houses of the preachers and of the Levites; the ancestors’ houses of the leader even as those of his younger brother.
25[1-7] Besides, David and the leaders of the troops set apart for the service certain of the descendants of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who would serve with harps, lyres, and cymbals; and the number of those who did the work according to their service was; of the descendants of Asaph; Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah, the descendants of Asaph, under the hand of Asaph who served after the order of the ruler. Of Jeduthun; the descendants of Jeduthun were Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun with the harp, who served in giving thanks and praising Yahweh. Of Heman; the descendants of Heman were Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. All these were the descendants of Heman, the ruler’s preacher, in the words of God, to sound the horn. God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were under the hands of their father for song in the Place of Worship of Yahweh with cymbals, lyres, and harps, for the service of the house of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the order of the ruler. There were 288 skillful singers in number, along with their brothers, who were taught in singing to Yahweh.
[8-31] They threw judgment stones for their offices, all alike, from the least to the greatest, the teacher as well as the scholar. Now those chosen for Asaph was Joseph 1st; the 2nd Gedaliah; he and his family were 12; the 3rd Zaccur, and his family, 12; the 4th Izri, and his family, 12; the 5th Nethaniah, and his family, 12; the 6th Bukkiah, and his family, 12; the 7th Jesharelah, and his family, 12; the 8th Jeshaiah, and his family, 12; the 9th Mattaniah, and his family, 12; the 10th Shimei, and his family, 12; the 11th Azarel, and his family, 12; the 12th Hashabiah, and his family, 12; the 13th, Shubael, and his family, 12; the 14th, Mattithiah, and his family, 12; the 15th Jeremoth, and his family, 12; the 16th Hananiah, and his family, 12; the 17th Joshbekashah, and his family, 12; the 18th Hanani, and his family, 12; the 19th Mallothi, and his family, 12; the 20th Eliathah, and his family, 12; the 21st Hothir, and his family, 12; the 22nd Giddalti, and his family, 12; the 23rd Mahazioth, and his family, 12; the 24th Romamtiezer, and his family, 12.