New International Version
But David could not go before it to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
King James Bible
But David could not go before it to inquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
But David could not go before it to inquire of God; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Jehovah.
World English Bible
But David couldn't go before it to inquire of God; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
and David is not able to go before it to seek God, for he hath been afraid because of the sword of the messenger of Jehovah.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Because of the sword of the angel - This is given as a reason why David built an altar in the threshing-floor of Ornan: he was afraid to go to Gibeon, because of the sword of the destroying angel, or he was afraid of delaying the offerings so long as his going thither would require, lest the destroying angel should in the mean while exterminate the people; therefore he hastily built an altar in that place, and on it made the requisite offerings, and by the fire from heaven God showed that he had accepted his act and his devotion. Such interventions as these must necessarily maintain in the minds of the people a full persuasion of the truth and Divine origin of their religion.
For a more circumstantial account of these transactions, see the notes on 2 Samuel 24:1, Ac., in which several difficulties of the text are removed.
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Rom. viii. 3.--"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh." For what purpose do we meet thus together? I would we knew it,--then it might be to some better purpose. In all other things we are rational, and do nothing of moment without some end and purpose. But, alas! in this matter of greatest moment, our going about divine ordinances, we have scarce any distinct or deliberate …
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1 Chronicles 21:29
The tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time on the high place at Gibeon.
1 Chronicles 22:1
Then David said, "The house of the LORD God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel."
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