2 Chronicles
Chapter 16

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1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.

5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.

6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.

7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.

8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.

11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.

Commentary for 2 Chronicles 16

Asa seeks the aid of the Syrians, His death.

- A plain and faithful reproof was given to Asa by a prophet of the Lord, for making a league with Syria. God is displeased when he is distrusted, and when an arm of flesh is relied on, more than his power and goodness. It is foolish to lean on a broken reed, when we have the Rock of ages to rely upon. To convince Asa of his folly, the prophet shows that he, of all men, had no reason to distrust God, who had found him such a powerful Helper. The many experiences we have had of the goodness of God to us, aggravate our distrust of him. But see how deceitful our hearts are! we trust in God when we have nothing else to trust to, when need drives us to him; but when we have other things to stay on, we are apt to depend too much on them. Observe Asa's displeasure at this reproof. What is man, when God leaves him to himself! He that abused his power for persecuting God's prophet, was left to himself, to abuse it further for crushing his own subjects. Two years before he died, Asa was diseased in his feet. Making use of physicians was his duty; but trusting to them, and expecting that from them which was to be had from God only, were his sin and folly. In all conflicts and sufferings we need especially to look to our own hearts, that they may be perfect towards God, by faith, patience, and obedience.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Chronicles 16

  • Elias
    Well, think that asa did everything well but he was idle about the high places and during his dew time it grwe and sufocated him. hwen we do something we must it fully and not in parts, it may spring up kill us, be atemptive all round about.
  • A disciple
    "..Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God.. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars." While the truth is, that the MANY professing themselves to be Christian Believers and people of faith, virtue and truth; knowing and claiming ALL the most popular verses, yet in action trusting NOT in the Lord nor obeying His Word!
  • A disciple
    "..Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah." Now think about the forces at work today against the Name of Jesus and the authority of His Word, and how there is such a push toward political activism of every description to force our enemies back and secure our liberties! What is the difference?
  • Ralph
    I believe to the best of my knowledge is that God says He will shows himself strong to them whose heart is perfect towards Him, you know that no one can be perfect in the flesh but when you fall back into sin and repent in your heart that's the part that shows you to be perfect towards Him, and those that do sin without repenting will have wars .that's the next verse some don't pay attention to,
  • Princess Johnson
    Verse nine gives us a clear warning
  • Robin Brazil
    Trust and believe in the Lord and he will heal you.
  • John madden for verse 9
    To those who are fully his he shows him self or reveales himself to them who are fully committed to him .
  • God looks for those who desires to be totally dependent on him instead of being dependant ourselves. God searches our hearts by the Holy Spirit who Jesus left as a teacher to guide us into the understanding and reality of the Kingdom of Heaven that was given to us by Jesus, Luke 22:29.

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Bible Trivia

Why was king Asa afflicted with a foot disease at the end of his life?
  • he was righteous in God's eyes
  • he sought not the Lord
  • he was defeated by king Baasha
  • he offered not right sacrifices