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The Prophet Azariah Warns Asa
1 Now the R269 Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, 2 and he went out to F133 meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the R270 LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if R271 you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3 "For R272 many days Israel was without the true God and without a R273 teaching priest and without law. 4 "But in R274 their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him. 5 "In R275 those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances afflicted F134 all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 "Nation R276 was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress. 7 "But you, be R277 strong and do not lose F135 courage, for there is reward R278 for your work."
8 Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy F136 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 the R279 cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He R280 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 who R281 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 They R282 sacrificed to the LORD that day 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep from the spoil they had brought. 12 They R283 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 should R284 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 earnestly, F137 and He let them find Him. So the R285 LORD gave them rest on every side.
16 He R286 also removed Maacah, the mother of King Asa, from the position of queen mother, because she had made a horrid image as F138 an R287 Asherah, and Asa R288 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.
F133: Lit before Asa
F134: Lit were on
F135: Lit let your hands drop
F136: With several ancient versions; Hebrew the prophecy, Oded the prophet
F137: Lit with their whole desire
F138: Or for Asherah
R269: 2 Chronicles 20:14; 24:20
R270: 2 Chronicles 20:17
R271: 2 Chronicles 15:4,15
R272: 1 Kings 12:28-33
R273: Leviticus 10:8-11; 2 Chronicles 17:9
R274: Deuteronomy 4:29
R275: Judges 5:6
R276: Matthew 24:7
R277: Joshua 1:7,9
R278: Psalms 58:11
R279: 2 Chronicles 13:19
R280: 2 Chronicles 4:1; 8:12
R281: 2 Chronicles 11:16
R282: 2 Chronicles 14:13-15
R283: 2 Chronicles 23:16
R284: Exodus 22:20; Deuteronomy 13:6-9
R285: 2 Chronicles 14:7
R286: 1 Kings 15:13-15
R287: Exodus 34:13
R288: 2 Chronicles 14:2-5
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