And he went out to meetaAsa, 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.
Now for a longseasonIsrael hath been without the trueGod, and without a teachingpriest, and without law.4
But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORDGod of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
And in those times there was no peace to him that went out , nor to him that came in , but greatvexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.6
And nation was destroyedb 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 berewarded.8
And when Asaheard 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 mountEphraim, 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.
So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the thirdmonth, in the fifteenthyear of the reign of Asa.11
And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought , sevenhundredoxen and seventhousandsheep.12
And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORDGod of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;