7 At that time, Chanani the seer came to King Asa of Yehuda and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Aram and did not rely on Hashem your God, therefore the army of the king of Aram has slipped out of your hands.
u-va-AYT ha-HEE BA kha-NA-nee ha-ro-EH el a-SA ME-lekh y’-hu-DAH va-YO-mer ay-LAV b’-hi-SHA-en-KHA al ME-lekh a-RAM v’-LO nish-AN-ta al a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha al KAYN nim-LAT KHAYL ME-lekh a-RAM mi-ya-DE-kha
16:7 Because you relied on the king of Aram
Asa is criticized for the way he enlists assistance to help him defeat Basha, king of Yisrael. Instead of appealing to Hashem for help, he appeals to the king of Aram. In addition, he pays Aram with gold and silver taken from the treasuries of the Beit Hamikdash. While acting to protect oneself is praiseworthy, this is only true when it is accompanied by faith in God and prayer to Hashem.