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2 Chronicles 14:2--15:18

And Asa
<0609>
did
<06213> (8799)
[that which was] good
<02896>
and right
<03477>
in the eyes
<05869>
of the LORD
<03068>
his God
<0430>_:
For he took away
<05493> (8686)
the altars
<04196>
of the strange
<05236>
[gods], and the high places
<01116>_,
and brake down
<07665> (8762)
the images
<04676>_,
and cut down
<01438> (8762)
the groves
<0842>_:
{images: Heb. statues}
And commanded
<0559> (8799)
Judah
<03063>
to seek
<01875> (8800)
the LORD
<03068>
God
<0430>
of their fathers
<01>_,
and to do
<06213> (8800)
the law
<08451>
and the commandment
<04687>_.
Also he took away
<05493> (8686)
out of all the cities
<05892>
of Judah
<03063>
the high places
<01116>
and the images
<02553>_:
and the kingdom
<04467>
was quiet
<08252> (8799)
before
<06440>
him. {images: Heb. sun images}
And he built
<01129> (8799)
fenced
<04694>
cities
<05892>
in Judah
<03063>_:
for the land
<0776>
had rest
<08252> (8804)_,
and he had no war
<04421>
in those years
<08141>_;
because the LORD
<03068>
had given him rest
<05117> (8689)_.
Therefore he said
<0559> (8799)
unto Judah
<03063>_,
Let us build
<01129> (8799)
these cities
<05892>_,
and make about
<05437> (8686)
[them] walls
<02346>_,
and towers
<04026>_,
gates
<01817>_,
and bars
<01280>_,
[while] the land
<0776>
[is] yet before
<06440>
us; because we have sought
<01875> (8804)
the LORD
<03068>
our God
<0430>_,
we have sought
<01875> (8804)
[him], and he hath given us rest
<05117> (8799)
on every side
<05439>_.
So they built
<01129> (8799)
and prospered
<06743> (8686)_.
And Asa
<0609>
had an army
<02428>
[of men] that bare
<05375> (8802)
targets
<06793>
and spears
<07420>_,
out of Judah
<03063>
three
<07969>
hundred
<03967>
thousand
<0505>_;
and out of Benjamin
<01144>_,
that bare
<05375> (8802)
shields
<04043>
and drew
<01869> (8802)
bows
<07198>_,
two hundred
<03967>
and fourscore
<08084>
thousand
<0505>_:
all these [were] mighty men
<01368>
of valour
<02428>_.
And there came out
<03318> (8799)
against them Zerah
<02226>
the Ethiopian
<03569>
with an host
<02428>
of a thousand
<0505>
thousand
<0505>_,
and three
<07969>
hundred
<03967>
chariots
<04818>_;
and came
<0935> (8799)
unto Mareshah
<04762>_.
Then Asa
<0609>
went out
<03318> (8799)
against
<06440>
him, and they set the battle
<04421>
in array
<06186> (8799)
in the valley
<01516>
of Zephathah
<06859>
at Mareshah
<04762>_.
And Asa
<0609>
cried
<07121> (8799)
unto the LORD
<03068>
his God
<0430>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)_,
LORD
<03068>_,
[it is] nothing with thee to help
<05826> (8800)_,
whether
<0996>
with many
<07227>_,
or with them that have no power
<03581>_:
help
<05826> (8798)
us, O LORD
<03068>
our God
<0430>_;
for we rest
<08172> (8738)
on thee, and in thy name
<08034>
we go
<0935> (8804)
against this multitude
<01995>_.
O LORD
<03068>_,
thou [art] our God
<0430>_;
let not man
<0582>
prevail
<06113> (8799)
against thee. {man: or, mortal man}
So the LORD
<03068>
smote
<05062> (8799)
the Ethiopians
<03569>
before
<06440>
Asa
<0609>_,
and before
<06440>
Judah
<03063>_;
and the Ethiopians
<03569>
fled
<05127> (8799)_.
And Asa
<0609>
and the people
<05971>
that [were] with him pursued
<07291> (8799)
them unto Gerar
<01642>_:
and the Ethiopians
<03569>
were overthrown
<05307> (8799)_,
that they could not recover
<04241>
themselves; for they were destroyed
<07665> (8738)
before
<06440>
the LORD
<03068>_,
and before
<06440>
his host
<04264>_;
and they carried away
<05375> (8799)
very
<03966>
much
<07235> (8687)
spoil
<07998>_.
{destroyed: Heb. broken}
And they smote
<05221> (8686)
all the cities
<05892>
round about
<05439>
Gerar
<01642>_;
for the fear
<06343>
of the LORD
<03068>
came upon them: and they spoiled
<0962> (8799)
all the cities
<05892>_;
for there was exceeding much
<07227>
spoil
<0961>
in them.
They smote
<05221> (8689)
also the tents
<0168>
of cattle
<04735>_,
and carried away
<07617> (8799)
sheep
<06629>
and camels
<01581>
in abundance
<07230>_,
and returned
<07725> (8799)
to Jerusalem
<03389>_.
And the Spirit
<07307>
of God
<0430>
came upon Azariah
<05838>
the son
<01121>
of Oded
<05752>_:
And he went out
<03318> (8799)
to meet
<06440>
Asa
<0609>_,
and said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Hear
<08085> (8798)
ye me, Asa
<0609>_,
and all Judah
<03063>
and Benjamin
<01144>_;
The LORD
<03068>
[is] with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek
<01875> (8799)
him, he will be found
<04672> (8735)
of you; but if ye forsake
<05800> (8799)
him, he will forsake
<05800> (8799)
you. {to meet...: Heb. before Asa}
Now for a long
<07227>
season
<03117>
Israel
<03478>
[hath been] without
<03808>
the true
<0571>
God
<0430>_,
and without a teaching
<03384> (8688)
priest
<03548>_,
and without law
<08451>_.
But when they in their trouble
<06862>
did turn
<07725> (8799)
unto the LORD
<03068>
God
<0430>
of Israel
<03478>_,
and sought
<01245> (8762)
him, he was found
<04672> (8735)
of them.
And in those times
<06256>
[there was] no peace
<07965>
to him that went out
<03318> (8802)_,
nor to him that came in
<0935> (8802)_,
but great
<07227>
vexations
<04103>
[were] upon all the inhabitants
<03427> (8802)
of the countries
<0776>_.
And nation
<01471>
was destroyed
<03807> (8795)
of nation
<01471>_,
and city
<05892>
of city
<05892>_:
for God
<0430>
did vex
<02000> (8804)
them with all adversity
<06869>_.
{destroyed: Heb. beaten in pieces}
Be ye strong
<02388> (8798)
therefore, and let not your hands
<03027>
be weak
<07503> (8799)_:
for your work
<06468>
shall be
<03426>
rewarded
<07939>_.
And when Asa
<0609>
heard
<08085> (8800)
these words
<01697>_,
and the prophecy
<05016>
of Oded
<05752>
the prophet
<05030>_,
he took courage
<02388> (8694)_,
and put away
<05674> (8686)
the abominable idols
<08251>
out of all the land
<0776>
of Judah
<03063>
and Benjamin
<01144>_,
and out of the cities
<05892>
which he had taken
<03920> (8804)
from mount
<02022>
Ephraim
<0669>_,
and renewed
<02318> (8762)
the altar
<04196>
of the LORD
<03068>_,
that [was] before
<06440>
the porch
<0197>
of the LORD
<03068>_.
{abominable...: Heb. abominations}
And he gathered
<06908> (8799)
all Judah
<03063>
and Benjamin
<01144>_,
and the strangers
<01481> (8802)
with them out of Ephraim
<0669>
and Manasseh
<04519>_,
and out of Simeon
<08095>_:
for they fell
<05307> (8804)
to him out of Israel
<03478>
in abundance
<07230>_,
when they saw
<07200> (8800)
that the LORD
<03068>
his God
<0430>
[was] with him.
So they gathered themselves together
<06908> (8735)
at Jerusalem
<03389>
in the third
<07992>
month
<02320>_,
in the fifteenth
<02568> <06240>
year
<08141>
of the reign
<04438>
of Asa
<0609>_.
And they offered
<02076> (8799)
unto the LORD
<03068>
the same time
<03117>_,
of the spoil
<07998>
[which] they had brought
<0935> (8689)_,
seven
<07651>
hundred
<03967>
oxen
<01241>
and seven
<07651>
thousand
<0505>
sheep
<06629>_.
{the same...: Heb. in that day}
And they entered
<0935> (8799)
into a covenant
<01285>
to seek
<01875> (8800)
the LORD
<03068>
God
<0430>
of their fathers
<01>
with all their heart
<03824>
and with all their soul
<05315>_;
That whosoever would not seek
<01875> (8799)
the LORD
<03068>
God
<0430>
of Israel
<03478>
should be put to death
<04191> (8714)_,
whether
<04480>
small
<06996>
or great
<01419>_,
whether man
<0376>
or woman
<0802>_.
And they sware
<07650> (8735)
unto the LORD
<03068>
with a loud
<01419>
voice
<06963>_,
and with shouting
<08643>_,
and with trumpets
<02689>_,
and with cornets
<07782>_.
And all Judah
<03063>
rejoiced
<08055> (8799)
at the oath
<07621>_:
for they had sworn
<07650> (8738)
with all their heart
<03824>_,
and sought
<01245> (8765)
him with their whole desire
<07522>_;
and he was found
<04672> (8735)
of them: and the LORD
<03068>
gave them rest
<05117> (8799)
round about
<05439>_.
And also [concerning] Maachah
<04601>
the mother
<0517>
of Asa
<0609>
the king
<04428>_,
he removed
<05493> (8689)
her from [being] queen
<01377>_,
because she had made
<06213> (8804)
an idol
<04656>
in a grove
<0842>_:
and Asa
<0609>
cut down
<03772> (8799)
her idol
<04656>_,
and stamped
<01854> (8686)
[it], and burnt
<08313> (8799)
[it] at the brook
<05158>
Kidron
<06939>_.
{mother: that is, grandmother} {idol: Heb. horror}
But the high places
<01116>
were not taken away
<05493> (8804)
out of Israel
<03478>_:
nevertheless the heart
<03824>
of Asa
<0609>
was perfect
<08003>
all his days
<03117>_.
And he brought
<0935> (8686)
into the house
<01004>
of God
<0430>
the things that his father
<01>
had dedicated
<06944>_,
and that he himself had dedicated
<06944>_,
silver
<03701>_,
and gold
<02091>_,
and vessels
<03627>_.


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