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

  • Daniel
    This was grossly mistranslated into English, as the original Hebrew text clearly points to a future event from the author's timeline - which prophesied the coming exile divorce of the Ten Northern tribes of Israel, and the rejoining yet future event of the ingathering of both houses of Judah and Israel Ezekiel's two sticks in ch. 37 . Just sharing my insight from studying Ancient Biblical Hebre
  • Stanjett
    and what part is wrong. The bible KJV was translated from old text also.
  • Angie
    Thank you
  • Dan monroe
    The KJV 1611 has 83 of it lifted directly from William Tyndale's Bible. That is why it is a 'version' and not a 'translation'. The Jewish scholars who guided the kjv translators were Rabbinic Pharisee . All translations are an opinion.
  • Adam
    The KJV is a translation and is not 'lifted'. Let me ask you a question: if you translate Hello to Hola for Spanish, since people already did that before you are they right to accuse you of "lifting" that from them? What if instead of lifted it happens to be the correct translated word? That is likely why you claim a large percent may match a previous translation, because part of the previous was correctly translated. Also, comparing to previous translations doesn't weaken a translation. The KJV was translated over 7 years by 47 scholars who worked in meticulous detail to create fresh new translation which is why it's accurate.
  • Torah judea'a
    Clearly the Lord was with the Isrealites because they turned back to him in keeping his commandments and put away the abominable gods.God always have answered there prayers when they repented of the evil they did and blessed them.
  • Obbie Beal
    In this chapter it is declared; "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". ... In 2018 The human race has also elevated high-tech over GOD; A-whoring after High-Tech has added another idol to the came's back, now his back is cracked but not broke. Only SALVATION BY the BLOOD OF JESUS... . WOW! WOW! WOW!
  • Mary Atkinson
    This chapter is simply teaching us that Jesus will never leave us nor fosaken us he will be with us even until the end of the earth, and this really warms my Heart!! We are the ones who walk away from him and all his teaching,But when we repent and get it right he Loves us still, he is so just to for give and welcomes us with open arms!!Who wouldn't serve and worship a God like this???
  • John michaeel jumawan
    Be strong in your Love to Jesus
    And Let Jesus will be the center of your Life
    And let Love move in your Life
    :what a nice incouraging thouhts to all Christian and Child Of God..
  • 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

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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