2 Samuel 24:14
And David said to Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great…
War would place the nation at the mercy of its enemies; famine would make it dependent on corn merchants, who might greatly aggravate the miseries of scarcity; only in the pestilence — some form of plague sudden and mysterious in its attack, and baffling the medical knowledge of the time — would the punishment come directly from God, and depend immediately upon his will.
(A. F. Kirkpatrick, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.