1And Azariah the son of Oded—upon him came the Spirit of the Lord,
2and he went out to meet Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin, and said, Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you, while ye are with him; and if ye seek him out, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
3And Israel has been a long time without the true God, and without a priest to expound the truth, and without the law.
4But he shall turn them to the Lord God of Israel, and he will be found of them.
5And in that time there is no peace to one going out, or to one coming in, for the terror of the Lord is upon all that inhabit the lands.
6And nation shall fight against nation, and city against city; for God has confounded them with every kind of affliction.
7But be ye strong, and let not your hands be weakened: for there is a reward for your work.
8And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, then he strengthened himself, and cast out the abominations from all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and from the cities which Jeroboam possessed, in Mount Ephraim, and he renewed the altar of the Lord, which was before the temple of the Lord.
9And he assembled Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers that dwelt with him, of Ephraim, and of Manasseh, and of Simeon: for many of Israel were joined to him, when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.
10And they assembled at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11And he sacrificed to the Lord in that day of the spoils which they brought, seven hundred calves and seven thousand sheep.
12And he entered into a covenant that they should seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul.
13And that whoever should not seek the Lord God of Israel, should die, whether young or old, whether man or woman.
14And they swore to the Lord with a loud voice, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
15And all Judah rejoiced concerning the oath: for they swore with all their heart, and they sought him with all their desires; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.
16And he removed Maacah his mother from being priestess to Asherah; and he cut down the idol, and burned it in the brook of Kidron.
17Nevertheless they removed not the high places: they still existed in Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18And he brought in the holy things of David his father, and the holy things of the house of God, silver, and gold, and vessels.
19And there was no war waged with him until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.