So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.After committing the sin of taking a census (?), God sends the prophet Gad to give David the choice of three punishments for David's transgression.
~ King James version ~
Tao does not punish the many for the error of the one.
~ possible Taoist alternative ~
When a natural hardship, tragedy or calamity befalls a society or region, it occurs because of the ways of nature. It does not occur as a form of moral punishment.
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