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Purchase of Araunah the Jebusite's Threshing Floor

(II Samuel 24 18-25)

Gad came to David on that day and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to Hashem on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”  So David went up as Gad had said, as Hashem had commanded.  Araunah looked out and saw the king and his servants coming across to him, and Araunah went out and prostrated himself to the king, with his face to the ground.  Araunah asked, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”  And David replied, “To buy threshing floor from you in order to build an altar to Hashem, so that the pestilence may cease from the people.”  But Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take [it] and offer whatever is proper in his eyes.  See, the cattle and [available] for elevation-offerings, and the threshing tools and the implements of the cattle are [available] for firewood.”  Araunah the king gave all of it to the king, and Araunah said to the king, “May Hashem your God accept your [offerings].”  But the king told Araunah, “No; I shall purchase it from you for a price, and ?I shall not offer up to Hashem my God free elevation-offerings!” So David bought the threshing floor and the cattle for fifty silver shekels.  David built and altar there to Hashem, and he offered elevation-offering and peace-offerings.  Hashem then answered the prayers of the land, and the pestilence ceased from Israel.

(I Chronicles 21 22-30) 
David said to Ornan, “Give me the site of the threshing floor, so that I may build an altar to Hashem in it.  Give it to me for the full price, so that the plague will cease from the people.”  But Ornan said to David, “Take [it] for yourself, and let my lord the king do whatever is proper in his eyes.  See, I have given you the cattle for burnt-offerings, the threshing tools for firewood, and the wheat for a meal-offering – I have given everything!”  But King David said to Ornan, “No; I shall buy it for the full price, for I shall not offer to Hashem that which is yours, nor offer up a free burnt-offering!”  So David gave Ornan for the place gold shekels weighing six hundred.  David then built an altar there to Hashem, and he offered burnt-offering and peace-offerings.  He called out to Hashem, and He responded to him with fire from heaven upon the Altar of burnt-offering.  Hashem then said [the command] to the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath.  At that time, when David saw that Hashem had answered him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he brought offerings there.  The Tabernacle of Hashem, which Moses had made in the Wilderness, and the Altar of Burnt-offering, were at the High Place in Gibeon at that time, but David could not go before it to seek God, for he was terrified before the sword of the angel of Hashem.

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