1And the Ruach Elohim came upon Azaryahu ben Oded; 2And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and kol Yehudah and Binyamin. Hashem is with you, while ye be with Him; if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; if ye forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3Now for yamim rabbim Yisroel hath been without the Elohei Emes, and without a Kohen Moreh, and without Torah. 4But when they in their tzoros did turn unto Hashem Elohei Yisroel, and sought Him, He was found by them. 5And in those times there was no shalom to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but mehumot rabbot (great turmoil) was upon all the inhabitants of the lands. 6And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city, for Elohim did trouble them with every tzuris. 7Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for there is sachar (reward) for your pe'ulah (work). 8And when Asa heard these words, and the nevu'ah of Oded HaNavi, he took courage, and put away the shikkutzim (abominable idols) from kol Eretz Yehudah and Binyamin, and from the cities which he had captured from Mt Ephrayim, and renewed the Mizbe'ach Hashem, that was in front of the Ulam Hashem. 9And he gathered all Yehudah and Binyamin, and the gerim with them from Ephrayim and Menasheh, and from Shim'on, for they fell to him from Yisroel in abundance, when they saw that Hashem Elohav was with him. 10So they gathered themselves together at Yerushalayim in the chodesh hashelishi, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 11And they offered unto Hashem on that day, of the plunder which they had brought back, 700 bakar and 7000 tzon. 12And they entered into the Brit to seek Hashem Elohei Avoteihem with all their lev and with all their nefesh; 13That whosoever would not seek Hashem Elohei Yisroel should be put to death, whether katan or gadol, whether ish or isha. 14And they swore unto Hashem with a kol gadol, and with teruah, and with trumpets, and with shoferot. 15And all Yehudah rejoiced at the shevu'ah, for they had sworn with all their lev, and sought Him with their whole ratzon; and He was found by them; and Hashem gave them rest all around. 16And also concerning Ma'achah em Asa HaMelech, he deposed her from being gevirah, because she had made to Asherah a mifletzet, and Asa cut down her mifletzet, and ground it up, and burned it at the Wadi Kidron. 17But the high places were not removed from Yisroel; nevertheless the levav Asa was shalem all his days. 18And he brought into the Beis HaElohim the things that Aviv had dedicated as kodesh, and that he himself had dedicated as kodesh, kesef, and zahav, and kelim. 19And there was no more milchamah unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.
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