After David had sinned judgement is passed and he is given three options to choose from
2 Samuel 24:11-13 NIV
11 Before David got up the next morning, the word of the Lord had come to Gad the prophet, David’s seer: 12 “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’”
13 So Gad went to David and said to him, “Shall there come on you three[b] years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me.”
David had clearly acknowledged that it was him who had done wrong
2 Samuel 24:10 NIV
10 David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”
Yet when he chooses he takes option three which subsequently leds to the death of seventy thousand people. Option one and three would not directly have affect David and his fanily as much as option two which would have somehow directly affected him.
Did David choose a soft landing in option three?