Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记下 24

大卫统计人口

1耶和华又向以色列人发怒,祂促使大卫来对付他们,让大卫统计以色列和犹大的人口。 大卫对统领军队的约押说:“你去走遍以色列各支派,从但到别示巴,统计以色列和犹大的人口,让我知道国民的数目。” 约押说:“我主我王,愿你的上帝耶和华使国民增加百倍,让你亲眼看到。但我主我王为什么要统计人口呢?” 但大卫不听约押和其他将领的规劝。他们只好去统计以色列的人数。 他们过了约旦河,在谷中亚罗珥城南面安营,又经过迦得前往雅谢。 然后,他们到基列、他停·合示地区、但·雅安,绕到西顿, 再去泰尔的堡垒及希未人和迦南人的城邑。最后,他们到了犹大南部的别示巴。 他们花了九个月零二十天的时间,走遍全国,最后回到耶路撒冷。 约押把统计的人数奏告大卫:“以色列有八十万英勇的刀兵,犹大有五十万。”

10 大卫统计了人口以后,内心不安,就对耶和华说:“我做这事犯了大罪。耶和华啊,求你赦免仆人的罪,我做了极其愚昧的事。” 11 第二天早上,耶和华对大卫的先见——迦得先知说: 12 “你去告诉大卫,耶和华说,‘我有三样灾祸,你可以选择让我降哪一样给你。’” 13 迦得就来见大卫,对他说:“你愿意国内有七年饥荒呢?还是被敌人追杀三个月呢?还是国内发生三天瘟疫呢?请你考虑好后告诉我,我好回复那差我来的。” 14 大卫说:“我实在为难!不过我宁愿落在耶和华的手中,也不愿落在人的手中,因为耶和华有无限的怜悯。”

15 于是,那天早晨,耶和华在以色列降下瘟疫,瘟疫持续了三天,从但到别示巴共有七万人死亡。 16 当天使准备伸手毁灭耶路撒冷的时候,耶和华心生怜悯,就对灭命天使说:“够了,住手吧!”当时,耶和华的天使正站在耶布斯人亚劳拿的麦场上。 17 大卫看见灭命天使,就对耶和华说:“是我犯了罪,做了恶事,这些百姓有什么过错呢?愿你的手惩罚我和我的家族。”

18 就在那天,迦得来见大卫,对他说:“你要去耶布斯人亚劳拿的麦场,在那里为耶和华筑一座坛。” 19 大卫就照耶和华借迦得所说的话去了亚劳拿的麦场。 20 亚劳拿看见王及他的臣仆来了,就上前俯伏在地,向王跪拜, 21 说:“我主我王到仆人这里有什么事?”大卫说:“我要买你的麦场,好在这里为耶和华筑一座坛,使百姓当中的瘟疫止住。” 22 亚劳拿说:“我主我王喜欢什么,就拿去献祭吧。这里有牛可以作燔祭,还有麦场的工具和牛轭可以作柴。 23 王啊,仆人亚劳拿愿意把这一切都献给你,愿你的上帝耶和华悦纳你。” 24 王却说:“不可,我一定要出钱买,我不愿意用白白得来之物作为燔祭献给我的上帝耶和华。”大卫就用六百克银子买了亚劳拿的麦场和牛。 25 大卫在麦场上为耶和华建了一座坛,献上燔祭和平安祭,耶和华垂听了他的祷告,瘟疫就在以色列止住了。

The Message

2 Samuel 24

11-2 Once again God’s anger blazed out against Israel. He tested David by telling him, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.” So David gave orders to Joab and the army officers under him, “Canvass all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and get a count of the population. I want to know the number.”

But Joab resisted the king: “May your God multiply people by the hundreds right before the eyes of my master the king, but why on earth would you do a thing like this?”

4-9 Nevertheless, the king insisted, and so Joab and the army officers left the king to take a census of Israel. They crossed the Jordan and began with Aroer and the town in the canyon of the Gadites near Jazer, proceeded through Gilead, passed Hermon, then on to Dan, but detoured Sidon. They covered Fort Tyre and all the Hivite and Canaanite cities, and finally reached the Negev of Judah at Beersheba. They canvassed the whole country and after nine months and twenty days arrived back in Jerusalem. Joab gave the results of the census to the king: 800,000 able-bodied fighting men in Israel; in Judah 500,000.

10 But when it was all done, David was overwhelmed with guilt because he had counted the people, replacing trust with statistics. And David prayed to God, “I have sinned badly in what I have just done. But now God forgive my guilt—I’ve been really stupid.”

11-12 When David got up the next morning, the word of God had already come to Gad the prophet, David’s spiritual advisor, “Go and give David this message: ‘God has spoken thus: There are three things I can do to you; choose one out of the three and I’ll see that it’s done.’”

13 Gad came to deliver the message: “Do you want three years of famine in the land, or three months of running from your enemies while they chase you down, or three days of an epidemic on the country? Think it over and make up your mind. What shall I tell the one who sent me?”

14 David told Gad, “They’re all terrible! But I’d rather be punished by God, whose mercy is great, than fall into human hands.”

15-16 So God let loose an epidemic from morning until suppertime. From Dan to Beersheba seventy thousand people died. But when the angel reached out over Jerusalem to destroy it, God felt the pain of the terror and told the angel who was spreading death among the people, “Enough’s enough! Pull back!”

The angel of God had just reached the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. David looked up and saw the angel hovering between earth and sky, sword drawn and about to strike Jerusalem. David and the elders bowed in prayer and covered themselves with rough burlap.

17 When David saw the angel about to destroy the people, he prayed, “Please! I’m the one who sinned; I, the shepherd, did the wrong. But these sheep, what did they do wrong? Punish me and my family, not them.”

18-19 That same day Gad came to David and said, “Go and build an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” David did what Gad told him, what God commanded.

20-21 Araunah looked up and saw David and his men coming his way; he met them, bowing deeply, honoring the king and saying, “Why has my master the king come to see me?”

“To buy your threshing floor,” said David, “so I can build an altar to God here and put an end to this disaster.”

22-23 “Oh,” said Araunah, “let my master the king take and sacrifice whatever he wants. Look, here’s an ox for the burnt offering and threshing paddles and ox-yokes for fuel—Araunah gives it all to the king! And may God, your God, act in your favor.”

24-25 But the king said to Araunah, “No. I’ve got to buy it from you for a good price; I’m not going to offer God, my God, sacrifices that are no sacrifice.”

So David bought the threshing floor and the ox, paying out fifty shekels of silver. He built an altar to God there and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. God was moved by the prayers and that was the end of the disaster.