2 Chronicles 15

The Prophet Azariah Warns Asa

Now a the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out
Lit before Asa
to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: c the  Lord is with you when you are with Him. And d if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
e For many days Israel was without the true God and without f a teaching priest and without law. “But g in their distress they turned to the  Lord God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him. h In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances
Lit were on
afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.
j Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress. “But you, k be strong and do not
Lit let your hands drop
lose courage, for there is m reward for your work.”

Asa’s Reforms

Now when Asa heard these words and the
With several ancient versions; Heb the prophecy, Oded the prophet
prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from o the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. p He then restored the altar of the  Lord which was in front of the porch of the  Lord.
He gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon q who resided with them, for many defected to him from Israel when they saw that the  Lord his God was with him. 10 So they assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign. 11  r They sacrificed to the  Lord that day 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep from the spoil they had brought. 12  s They entered into the covenant to seek the  Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and soul; 13 and whoever would not seek the  Lord God of Israel t should be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman. 14 Moreover, they made an oath to the  Lord with a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets and with horns. 15 All Judah rejoiced concerning the oath, for they had sworn with their whole heart and had sought Him
Lit with their whole desire
earnestly, and He let them find Him. So v the  Lord gave them rest on every side.

16  w He also removed Maacah, the mother of King Asa, from the position of queen mother, because she had made a horrid image
Or for Asherah
as y an Asherah, and z Asa cut down her horrid image, crushed it and burned it at the brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not removed from Israel; nevertheless Asa’s heart was blameless all his days. 18 He brought into the house of God the dedicated things of his father and his own dedicated things: silver and gold and utensils. 19 And there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.
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