15 Now as for Azariah son of Oded there came upon him the spirit of God.
2 So he went forth to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear me, O Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin,—Yahweh is with you so long as ye are with him, and if ye seek him he will be found of you, but if ye forsake him he will forsake you.
3 Now many days had Israel been,—without the faithful God and without a teaching priest and without the law;
4 But they turned in their distress unto Yahweh God of Israel,—and sought him and he was found of them.
5 And in those times there had been no prosperity to him that went out nor to him that came in,—for great consternations were upon all the inhabitants of the lands;
6 and they were beaten in pieces—nation against nation and city against city,—for God discomfited them with all manner of distress.
7 Ye therefore be strong, and let not your hands be slack,—for there is a reward for your work!
8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet he strengthened himself and put away the abominations out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had captured out of the hill country of Ephraim,—and renewed the altar of Yahweh, that was before the porch of Yahweh.
9 And he gathered together all Judah and Benjamin, and the sojourners with them, out of Ephraim and out of Manasseh and out of Simeon,—for they fell unto him out of Israel in great numbers, because they saw that Yahweh his God was with him.
10 So they gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11 And they sacrificed unto Yahweh on that day, out of the spoil they had brought in,—oxen seven hundred, and sheep seven thousand.
12 And they entered into a covenant, to seek Yahweh, God of their fathers,—with all their heart and with all their soul;
13 and whosoever would not seek unto Yahweh God of Israel should be put to death,—whether small or great, whether man or woman.
14 So they bound themselves by oath unto Yahweh, with a loud voice and with shouting,—and with trumpets and with horns.
15 And all Judah rejoiced over the oath for with all their heart had they sworn, and with all their good will had they sought him, and he was found of them,—and Yahweh gave them rest round about.
16 Moreover also as touching Maacah mother of Asa the king he removed her from being queen, because she had made unto the Sacred Stem, a monstrous thing,—so Asa cut down her monstrous thing, and reduced it to dust and burnt it up in the Kidron ravine.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel,—only the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18 And he brought the hallowed things of his father and his own hallowed things into the house of God,—silver and gold and utensils.
19 And war was there none,—until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.