¶ And the spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Obed. And he went out against Asa and said to him: hear me Asa and all Iuda and Benjamin. The LORD is with you, while ye be with him, and if ye shall seek him, he will be found of you: but and if ye shall forsake him, he will forsake you. There will come many days in Israel, in which there shall be no true God nor priest that teacheth, nor any law. And in their tribulation they shall turn unto the LORD God of Israel and shall seek him, and he shall be found of them. And in those days there shall be no peace to them that go out and in. But great vexation upon the inhabiters of all lands. For one nation shall destroy another, and one city another: for God will trounce them with all adversity. But pluck you up your hearts and let not your hands faint, for your works shall be rewarded.
¶ When Asa heard those words and the prophecy of Azariah the son of Obed the Prophet, he took courage and put away the abominations out of all the land of Iuda and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he won in mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD that was before the porch of the LORD. And he gathered all Iuda and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim, Manasse and Simeon. For there fell many to him out of Israel, when they saw that GOD was with him. And they assembled at Ierusalem the third month of the fifteen year of the reign of Asa. And they offered unto the LORD that same time of the spoil which they had brought seven hundredth oxen and seven thousand sheep. And they made a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers, with all their hearts and all their souls: so that all that sought not the LORD God of Israel, should die for it, whether he were small or great, man or woman. And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice and shouting and with trumpets and horns. And all Iuda rejoiced in the oath, for they had sworn with all their hearts, and sought him with all their lust, and he was found of them. And the LORD gave them rest round about. And thereto king Asa put Maacah his mother out of authority, because she had made an idol in a grove: and brake down her idol and stamped it and burnt it by the brook Cedron. But they put not the hillaltars out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was pure all his life. And he brought into the house of God the dedicate gifts which he and his father had dedicated in gold, silver and other Iewels. And there was no more war unto the thirty fifth year of the reign of Asa.