2 Chronicles 15
1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.
2 And he went out before Asa, and said to him: Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and
Benjamin. Jehovah is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found
by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
3 For many days Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and
4 but when in their trouble they turned to Jehovah the God of Israel, and sought Him, He
was found by them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to the one going out, nor to the one coming in,
but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.
6 And nation has been destroyed by nation, and city by city; for God has vexed them with
7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands relax, for there is reward for your work.
8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took
courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and
from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar
of Jehovah that was before the porch of Jehovah.
9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those sojourning with them from
Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon, for they had fallen out to him in great numbers from
Israel when they saw that Jehovah his God was with him.
10 And they gathered together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the
reign of Asa.
11 And they offered to Jehovah at that time seven hundred bulls and seven thousand
sheep from the spoils they had brought.
12 And they entered into a covenant to seek Jehovah the God of their fathers with all their
heart and with all their soul;
13 and whoever would not seek Jehovah the God of Israel was put to death, whether
small or great, man or woman.
14 And they swore unto Jehovah with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought
Him with all their will; and He was found by them, and Jehovah gave them rest all around.
16 He also removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother,
because she had made a horrible thing for the grove; and Asa cut down her horrible thing,
and crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was
perfect all his days.
18 He also brought into the house of God the things that his father had consecrated and
that he himself had consecrated: silver and gold and vessels.
19 And there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.