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2 Chronicles 15 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Azariah the Prophet Warns Asa

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:1 - Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:2 - and he went out [fn]to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you abandon Him, He will abandon you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:3 - “For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without the Law.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:4 - “But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:5 - “In those times there was no peace for him who went out or him who came in, because many disturbances [fn]afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:6 - “Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:7 - “But you, be strong and do not [fn]lose courage, for there is a reward for your work.”

Asa’s Reforms

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:8 - Now when Asa heard these words and the [fn]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 the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:9 - And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who resided with them, for many defected to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:10 - So they assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:11 - They sacrificed to the LORD on that day seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep from the spoils they had brought.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:12 - They entered into the covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and soul;
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:13 - and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel was to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:14 - Moreover, they made an oath to the LORD with a loud voice, with shouting, trumpets, and with horns.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:15 - All Judah rejoiced concerning the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought Him [fn]earnestly, and He let them find Him. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:16 - He also removed Maacah, the mother of King Asa, from the position of queen mother, because she had made an abominable image [fn]as an Asherah, and Asa cut down her abominable image, crushed it, and burned it at the brook Kidron.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:17 - But the high places were not removed from Israel; nevertheless Asa’s heart was blameless all his days.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:18 - He brought into the house of God the dedicated things of his father and his own dedicated things: silver, gold, and utensils.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 15:19 - And there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit before Asa
Lit were on
Lit let your hands drop
With several ancient versions; MT the prophecy, Oded the prophet
Lit with all their whole desire
Or for Asherah; i.e., a wooden symbol of a female deity

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