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.
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George Leo Haydock
God. He performed what God had commanded. But he would have offered other voluntary victims at Gabaon, if he had been able. (Calmet)
The distance showed the propriety of building the temple at Jerusalem, (Du Hamel) which was nearly in the centre of the country. (Haydock)