David, tempted by Satan, forceth Joab to number the people. The captains, in nine months and twenty days, bring the muster of thirteen hundred thousand fighting men. David, having three plagues propounded by Gad, repenteth, and chooseth the three days' pestilence. After the death of threescore and ten thousand, David by repentance preventeth the destruction of Jerusalem. David, by Gad's direction, purchaseth Araunah's threshingfloor, where having sacrificed, the plague stayeth.