1 Azarias autem filius Oded, facto in se spiritu Dei,
2 egressus est in occursum Asa et dixit ei: "Audite me, Asa et omnis Iuda et Beniamin! Dominus vobiscum, quia fuistis cum eo. Si quaesieritis eum, invenietur a vobis; si autem dereliqueritis eum, derelinquet vos.
3 Transierunt autem multi dies in Israel absque Deo veritatis et absque sacerdote doctore et absque lege.
4 Cumque reversi essent in angustia sua ad Dominum, Deum Israel, et quaesivissent eum, inventus est ab eis.
5 In temporibus illis non erat pax egredienti et ingredienti sed perturbatio magna multa in cunctis habitatoribus terrarum;
6 contundebatur enim gens contra gentem, et civitas contra civitatem, quia Dominus conturbabat eos in omni angustia.
7 Vos autem confortamini, et non dissolvantur manus vestrae; erit enim merces operi vestro".
8 Cum audisset Asa verba haec et prophetiam, confortatus est et abstulit idola de omni terra Iudae et Beniamin et ex urbibus, quas ceperat montis Ephraim, et dedicavit altare Domini, quod erat ante porticum Domini.
9 Congregavitque universum Iudam et Beniamin et advenas cum eis de Ephraim et de Manasse et de Simeon; plures enim ad eum confugerant ex Israel videntes quod Dominus Deus illius esset cum eo.
10 Cumque convenissent in Ierusalem mense tertio anno quinto decimo regni Asa,
11 immolaverunt Domino in die illa de manubiis, quas adduxerant: boves septingentos et oves septem milia.
12 Et inierunt foedus, ut quaererent Dominum, Deum patrum suorum, in toto corde et in tota anima sua:
13 si quis autem non quaesierit Dominum, Deum Israel, moriatur a minimo usque ad maximum, a viro usque ad mulierem.
14 Iuraveruntque Domino voce magna in iubilo et in clangore tubarum et in sonitu bucinarum.
15 Omnes, qui erant in Iuda, gavisi sunt de iuramento; in omni enim corde suo iuraverant et in tota voluntate quaesierant eum, et inventus fuerat ab eis. Praestititque eis Dominus requiem per circuitum.
16 Sed et Maacham matrem Asa rex amovit, ne esset domina, eo quod fecisset simulacrum Aserae; quod contrivit Asa et in frusta comminuens combussit in torrente Cedron.
17 Excelsa autem derelicta sunt in Israel; attamen cor Asa erat perfectum cunctis diebus eius.
18 Ea quae voverat pater suus et ipse, intulit in domum Dei, argentum et aurum vasorumque diversam supellectilem.
19 Bellum vero non fuit usque ad tricesimum quintum annum regni Asa.
King James Version
1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 And he went out to meet Asa, 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.
3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.
6 And nation was destroyed 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 be rewarded.
8 And when Asa heard 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 mount Ephraim, 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.
10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.
16 ¶ And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18 ¶ And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.
19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.