The Spirit of God came upon Azari'ah the son of Oded,
and he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, "Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you, while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law;
but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.
In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.
They were broken in pieces, nation against nation and city against city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress.
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)