II Chronicles 16:7
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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

ז  וּבָעֵת הַהִיא בָּא חֲנָנִי הָרֹאֶה אֶל־אָסָא מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו בְּהִשָּׁעֶנְךָ עַל־מֶלֶךְ אֲרָם וְלֹא נִשְׁעַנְתָּ עַל־יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ עַל־כֵּן נִמְלַט חֵיל מֶלֶךְ־אֲרָם מִיָּדֶךָ׃

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.

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  • Verses 2-3: Asa took all the silver and gold from the treasuries of the House of Hashem and the royal palace, and sent them to King Ben-hadad of Aram, who resided in Damascus, with this message: “There is a pact between me and you, as there was between my father and your father. I herewith send you silver and gold; go and break your pact with King Basha of Yisrael so that he may withdraw from me.”

    The Prophet Azarya had admonished Asa with these words from 2 Chronicles 15:2: “Listen to me, Asa and all Yehuda and Binyamin; Hashem is with you as long as you are with Him. If you turn to Him, He will respond to you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

    Forsaking and forgetting go hand in hand. What Asa did in verses two and three, was tantamount to making a prayer a request to someone other than HaShem. After having entered that great oath before all the people, he relied on his own intelligence to solve two of his problems, problems that should have been presented to HaShem. Though his imminent concern was Baasha and the northern kingdom, a major state of difficulty lay not with Israel, but with Aram—a trouble for Israel in the past (2 Kings 13) and, as the future for Judah would bear out (2 Chronicles 28:5). As Judah had survived the attack of the Ethiopian army of one million men—with the help of HaShem, certainly she would have been able to handle any confrontation with her northern neighbor.

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II Chronicles 16:7

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