The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded.
So he went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Asa and all Judah and Benjamin, hear me. The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you,a but if you abandon Him, He will abandon you.b3
For many years Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law,
but when they turned to the Lord God of Israel in their distress and sought Him, He was found by them.
In those times there was no peace for those who went about their daily activities because the residents of the lands had many conflicts.
Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every possible distress.
But as for you, be strong; don't be discouraged,c for your work has a reward."