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God's message to Asa, ver. 1 - 7.
Idols removed and the spoil dedicated to God, ver. 8 - 11.
Judah makes a covenant with God, ver. 12 - 15.
Asa removes his mother, destroys her idol, and brings the dedicated
things into the temple, ver. 16 - 18.
He has great peace, ver. 19.
1: Spirit of God - Both to instruct him what to say, and to enable
him to say it plainly and boldly.
3: Now Israel - They have long lived without the found knowledge and
worship of the true God. Israel is here understood of the whole nation
of Israel in former times, and especially in the times of the judges:
for then many times they were in a great measure, without God and his law,
and teaching priests, as plainly appears from the book of the Judges;
they were brought to all the exigencies and calamities following; and
they sometimes turned to the Lord, and he was found of them.
5: In those times - When Israel lived in the gross neglect of God
and his law. No peace - Men could not go abroad about their private
occasions without great danger; as it was in the days of Shamgar,(Jdg 5:6).
6: And nation, &c. - One part of the people of Israel destroyed
the other by civil wars. As all Israel are called a nation, so the
several tribes of them are sometimes called nations.
7: Be strong - Go on resolutely to maintain God's worship and to root
out idolatry, as you have begun to do; for this is the only method of
preserving yourselves from such calamities as your predecessors have felt.
8: Of Oded - Of Azariah, ver.(1), who was also called by his
father's name Oded.
12: Into covenant - The matter of this covenant was nothing but what
they were before obliged to. And tho' no promise could lay any higher
obligation upon them, than they were already under, yet it would help
to increase their sense of the obligation, and to arm them against
temptations. And by joining all together in this, they strengthened
the hands of each other
15: Rejoiced at the oath - The times of renewing our covenant with
God, should be times of rejoicing. It is an honour and happiness to
be in bonds with God. And the closer, the better.