2 Chronicles
Chapter 15

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1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.

6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.

7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.

9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.

12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.

15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.

17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.

Commentary for 2 Chronicles 15

The people make a solemn covenant with God.

- The work of complete reformation appeared so difficult, that Asa had not courage to attempt it, till assured of Divine assistance and acceptance. He and his people offered sacrifices to God; thanksgiving for the favours they had received, and supplication for further favours. Prayers and praises are now our spiritual sacrifices. The people, of their own will, covenanted to seek the Lord, each for himself, with earnestness. What is religion but seeking God, inquiring after him, applying to him upon all occasions? We make nothing of our religion, if we do not make heart-work of it; God will have all the heart, or none. Our devotedness to God our Saviour, should be avowed and shown in the most solemn and public manner. What is done in hypocrisy is a mere drudgery.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Chronicles 15

  • Lilian
    Be ye strong therefore and let not your hands be weak for your work shall be rewarded Amen thank you Jesus for renewing my strength teach me Lord how to wait for your time is perfect I will only praise you and worship you alone and thanks to your blood Lord amen
  • Felicia
    Verse 4
    It's a blessing that God never changes. He always receives us back when we have a change of heart. He has great compassion for us. God knows that we need Him so He is gracious to us. Thank you Lord Jesus for your name is great and your heart is kind.
  • LadyA
    Walk on the path that God has for yourself, the plans that GOD has for each one of his children is amazing, however he is the same GOD forever more.
  • Timothy L Jones Sr.
    In the bible trivia, question 3 the answer is not 2 Chronicles 15, but 2 Chronicles 16:1... Hallelujah...!!!
  • Princess Johnson
    I should wait on the Lord lean not on my own understanding in all my ways acknowledged the Lord and he will direct my pathfor he is watching over me in what ever I do if I give him my heart he will come to me and have mercy on me no harm will come to me because he is faithful and true to his words because he never changes he is the same God yesterday today and for everhe watches over who loves
  • Robin Brazil
    I thank God for his promises in Jesus Name Amen.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    2 Chronicles 15:7 The context of this verse is spiritual work serving the Lord, When Asa heard the prophetic words of Oded he took courage and destroyed the idols in many cities, he renewed the alter of the Lord. God rewarded his work.
  • Tilda
    Its best to be strong in the Lord so as to be able to complete the christian race.The word of God says in Isiah 40vs31 "Those who wait onthe Lord,Shall renew their strength,They shall mount up with wings like eagles,They shall run and not get weary,They shall walk and not faint" ,in God i trust,He is my strong tower to which in my weaknesses He becomes stronger and He then relays that strength back to me such that i stand up again.Psalms 20vs 8."They have bowed down and fallen,But we have risen and stand upright" GLORY TO JESUS,WHO STRENGTHENS ME AND THERE AFTER REWARDS ME

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Bible Trivia

What prompted King Asa to remove the idols from the lands of Judah and Benjamin?
  • A vision of God
  • A prophetic word from Azariah
  • A burning bush
  • A famine in the land