2 Chronicles 15 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Azariah son of Obed, moved by the Spirit of God, 1 The Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded.
2 went out to meet Asa. He said, "Listen carefully, Asa, and listen Judah and Benjamin: God will stick with you as long as you stick with him. If you look for him he will let himself be found; but if you leave him he'll leave you. 2 He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
3 For a long time Israel didn't have the real God, nor did they have the help of priest or teacher or book. 3 For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law.
4 But when they were in trouble and got serious, and decided to seek God, the God of Israel, God let himself be found. 4 But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.
5 At that time it was a dog-eat-dog world; life was constantly up for grabs - no one, regardless of country, knew what the next day might bring. 5 In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil.
6 Nation battered nation, city pummeled city. God let loose every kind of trouble among them. 6 One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress.
7 "But it's different with you: Be strong. Take heart. Payday is coming!" 7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."
8 Asa heard the prophecy of Azariah son of Obed, took a deep breath, then rolled up his sleeves, and went to work: He cleaned out the obscene and polluting sacred shrines from the whole country of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim. He spruced up the Altar of God that was in front of The Temple porch. 8 When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of Oded the prophet, he took courage. He removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns he had captured in the hills of Ephraim. He repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the portico of the LORD's temple.
9 Then he called an assembly for all Judah and Benjamin, including those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were living there at the time (for many from Israel had left their homes and joined forces with Asa when they saw that God was on his side). 9 Then he assembled all Judah and Benjamin and the people from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who had settled among them, for large numbers had come over to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
10 They all arrived in Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa's reign 10 They assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa's reign.
11 for a great assembly of worship. From their earlier plunder they offered sacrifices of 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep for the worship. 11 At that time they sacrificed to the LORD seven hundred head of cattle and seven thousand sheep and goats from the plunder they had brought back.
12 Then they bound themselves in a covenant to seek God, the God of their fathers, wholeheartedly, holding nothing back. 12 They entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul.
13 And they agreed that anyone who refused to seek God, the God of Israel, should be killed, no matter who it was, young or old, man or woman. 13 All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.
14 They shouted out their promise to God, a joyful sound accompanied with blasts from trumpets and rams' horns. 14 They took an oath to the LORD with loud acclamation, with shouting and with trumpets and horns.
15 The whole country felt good about the covenant promise - they had given their promise joyfully from the heart. Anticipating the best, they had sought God - and he showed up, ready to be found. God gave them peace within and without - a most peaceable kingdom! 15 All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.
16 In his clean-up of the country, Asa went so far as to remove his mother, Queen Maacah, from her throne because she had built a shockingly obscene image of the sex goddess Asherah. Asa tore it down, smashed it, and burned it up in the Kidron Valley. 16 King Asa also deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole. Asa cut the pole down, broke it up and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
17 Unfortunately he didn't get rid of the local sex-and-religion shrines. But he was well-intentioned - his heart was in the right place, loyal to God. 17 Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa's heart was fully committed [to the LORD] all his life.
18 All the gold and silver vessels and artifacts that he and his father had consecrated for holy use he installed in The Temple of God. 18 He brought into the temple of God the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.
19 There wasn't a trace of war up to the thirty-fifth year of Asa's reign. 19 There was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa's reign.