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The Prophet Azariah Warns Asa

1 Now athe Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, 2 and he went out Ito meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: athe LORD is with you when you are with Him. And bif you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3 aFor many days Israel was without the true God and without ba teaching priest and without law. 4 But ain their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him. 5 aIn those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances Iafflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 aNation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress. 7 But you, abe strong and do not Ilose courage, for there is breward for your work.”

[1] a2Ch 20:14; 24:20
[2] ILit before Asa a2Ch 20:17 b2Ch 15:4, 15
[3] a1K 12:28-33 bLv 10:8-11; 2Ch 17:9
[4] aDt 4:29
[5] ILit were on aJg 5:6
[6] aMt 24:7
[7] ILit let your hands drop aJsh 1:7, 9 bPs 58:11

Asa’s Reforms

8 ¶ Now when Asa heard these words and the Iprophecy 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 athe cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. bHe then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD. 9 He gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon awho 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 aThey sacrificed to the LORD that day 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep from the spoil they had brought. 12 aThey 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 ashould 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 Iearnestly, and He let them find Him. So athe LORD gave them rest on every side.

[8] IWith several ancient versions; Heb the prophecy, Oded the prophet a2Ch 13:19 b2Ch 4:1; 8:12
[9] a2Ch 11:16
[11] a2Ch 14:13-15
[12] a2Ch 23:16
[13] aEx 22:20; Dt 13:6-9
[15] ILit with their whole desire a2Ch 14:7

16aHe also removed Maacah, the mother of King Asa, from the [position of] queen mother, because she had made a horrid image Ias ban Asherah, and cAsa 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.

[16] IOr for Asherah a1K 15:13-15 bEx 34:13 c2Ch 14:2-5


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Asa with Judah and many of Israel, moved by the prophecy of Azariah the son of Obed, make a solemn Covenant with God.

1 ¶ And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD [is] with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 3 Now for a long season Israel [hath been] without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 5 And in those times [there was] no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations [were] upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. 8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that [was] before the porch of the LORD. 9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God [was] with him. 10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil [which] they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. 12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. 15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

[1] Nu 24:2; Jg 3:10; 2S 23:2; 2Ch 20:14; 24:20; 2P 1:21.
[2] Dt 20:1; Jg 9:7; 2K 21:14; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 12:1; 13:4, 12; 15:4, 15; 20:15, 20; 24:20; 32:8; 33:12; Ps 49:1; Is 7:13; 55:6; Jr 29:12; Mt 7:7; 13:9; Ro 11:1; He 10:38; 12:25; Jm 4:8; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.
[3] Lv 10:11; Dt 33:10; 1K 12:28; 2Ch 17:8; Ne 8:9; Jr 10:10; Ezk 44:21; Ho 3:4; Mi 3:11; Mal 2:7; Mt 2:4; Jn 17:3; Ro 2:12; 7:8; 1Co 9:21; 1Th 1:9; 1Ti 3:2; 1Jn 5:20.
[4] Dt 4:29; Jg 3:9; 10:10; 2Ch 15:15; Ps 106:44; Is 55:6; 65:1; Ho 6:1; 14:1; Ro 10:20.
[5] Jg 5:6; 1S 13:6; Ps 121:8; Mt 24:6; Lk 21:25.
[6] Jg 2:14; 2Ch 12:15; 13:17; 33:11; 36:17; Ps 106:41; Is 10:6; Am 3:6; Mk 13:8; Lk 21:9, 22.
[7] Gn 15:1; Jsh 1:7, 9; Ru 2:12; 1Ch 28:20; Ps 19:11; 27:14; 58:11; Is 35:3; Dn 10:19; Mt 5:12, 46; 6:1, 4, 6, 18; 10:41; Lk 6:35; Ro 4:4; 1Co 3:8, 14; 9:17; 15:58; 16:13; Ep 6:10; Col 3:24; He 6:10; 10:35; 2Jn 1:8.
[8] Lv 18:30; Dt 27:15; 1K 11:5, 7; 2K 16:14; 18:22; 23:13; 2Ch 4:1; 8:12; 13:19; 15:1; 19:11; 29:18; Is 44:14; 65:4; Jr 16:18; Ezk 8:10; Ac 28:15; 1P 4:3; Rv 17:4.
[9] Gn 39:3; 1S 18:28; 1K 3:28; 12:19; 1Ch 12:19; 2Ch 11:16; 30:1, 25; Zc 8:21; Ac 7:9; 9:31.
[10] Es 8:9.
[11] Nu 31:28, 50; 1S 15:15, 21; 1Ch 26:26; 2Ch 1:6; 7:5; 14:13.
[12] Dt 4:29; 10:12; 29:1, 12; 1K 8:48; 2K 23:3; 2Ch 15:4; 23:16; 29:10; 34:31; Ne 9:38; 10:29; Jr 29:12; 50:5; Ac 24:14; 2Co 8:5.
[13] Gn 19:11; Ex 12:29; 22:20; Dt 13:5; 17:2; 29:18; 1K 18:40; Jb 3:19; 34:19; Ps 115:13; Ac 26:22; Rv 6:15; 20:12.
[14] Ne 5:13; 10:29; Ps 81:1.
[15] Dt 26:11; Jsh 23:1; 2Ch 15:2, 4, 6, 12; 23:16; 29:10, 36; Ne 8:9; Jb 34:29; Ps 32:11; 119:106, 111; Pv 3:17; Is 26:8; 45:19; 2Co 1:12; Php 1:23.

He putteth down Maachah his mother for her idolatry.

16 ¶ And also [concerning] Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from [being] queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped [it], and burnt [it] at the brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

[16] Ex 32:20, 27; Lv 26:30; Dt 7:5, 25; 9:21; 13:6; 33:9; 1K 15:2, 10, 13, 14; 2K 23:6, 12, 15; 2Ch 14:3; 34:7; Zc 13:3; Mk 3:21, 31; 2Co 5:16.
[17] Dt 12:13; 1K 3:2; 11:4; 22:43; 2K 12:3; 14:4; 2Ch 14:3; 16:7.

He bringeth dedicated things into the house of God, and enjoyeth a long peace.

18 ¶ And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. 19 And there was no [more] war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.

[18] 1K 7:51; 15:14; 1Ch 26:20.
[19] 1K 15:16, 31, 33; 2Ch 16:1.


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