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2 Chronicles 16

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 1 In the thirty sixty year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and began to build Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the territory of Asa king of Judah.

 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold from of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad, king of Syria, who dwelled at Damascus, saying,

 3 "There is a league between me and you, as there was between my father and your father: behold, I have sent you silver and gold; go, break your league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

 4 And Benhadad listened and agreed with king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, Dan, Abelmaim, and all the supply cities of Naphtali.

 5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard of it, that he left off building Ramah, ceasing all work.

 6 Then Asa the king assembled all of Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber, which Baasha was using for his building; and with these Asa built Geba and Mizpah.

 7 And at that time Hanani the prophet came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him, "Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the host of the king of Syria has escaped out of your hand.

 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lybians a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you did rely on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand.

 9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are perfect toward him.1 In this you have done foolishly; therefore from this time forward you shall have wars."

 10 Then Asa was angry with the prophet, and put him in a prison house for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. Asa also oppressed some of the people at the same time.

 11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

 12 In the thirty ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceedingly great; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but he sought the help of physicians.

 13 So Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the forty first year of his reign.

 14 They buried him in his own sepulchers, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odorous and many kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art; and they made a very great burning for him.


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1 the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are perfect toward him. Here is one more good reason to seek righteousness, purity, and perfection — to receive the Lord's blessings as he displays his strength through the magnitude of the blessing bestowed: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love him, 1 Cor 2:9.

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