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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Agile; also called Ornan 1 Chronicles 21:15
, a Jebusite who dwelt in Jerusalem before it was taken by the Israelites. The destroying angel, sent to punish David for his vanity in taking a census of the people, was stayed in his work of destruction near a threshing-floor belonging to Araunah which was situated on Mount Moriah. Araunah offered it to David as a free gift, together with the oxen and the threshing instruments; but the king insisted on purchasing it at its full price (2 Samuel 24:24
; 1 Chronicles 21:24,25
), for, according to the law of sacrifices, he could not offer to God what cost him nothing. On the same place Solomon afterwards erected the temple (2 Samuel 24:16
; 2 Chronicles 3:1
). (See ALTAR
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Araunah'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/a/araunah.html. 1897.