All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death,1 whether small or great, man or woman.
They took an oath to the LORD with loud acclamation, with shouting and with trumpets and horns.
All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God2 eagerly, and he was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest3 on every side.
King Asa also deposed his grandmother Maacah4 from her position as queen mother,5 because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole.6 Asa cut the pole down, broke it up and burned it in the Kidron Valley.717
Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa's heart was fully committed [to the LORD] all his life.
He brought into the temple of God the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.819
There was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa's reign.