Question

How much did David pay Araunah, 50 shekels of silver or 600 shekels of gold? (2 Samuel 24:24 and 1 Chronicles 21:25).

Answer

2 Samuel 24:24 But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.

1 Chronicles 21:25 So David paid Araunah six hundred shekels of gold for the site.

In 2 Samuel 24 the focus is on David's purchase of the oxen and the threshing floor. However, in 1 Chronicles 21 the focus shifts to David's purchase of "the site."

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).