2 Chronicles 15:4
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New International Version
But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.

King James Bible
But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

Darby Bible Translation
but in their trouble they turned to Jehovah the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found of them.

World English Bible
But when in their distress they turned to Yahweh, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them.

Young's Literal Translation
and it turneth back in its distress unto Jehovah, God of Israel, and they seek Him, and He is found of them,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Now for a long season Israel - "Israel hath followed Jeroboam, and they have not worshipped the true God. They have burnt incense to their golden calves; their priestlings [כומריא cumeraiya, their black, sooty sacrificers] have burnt perfumes with a strange worship, and have not exercised themselves in the law." - Targum. These priests could not teach, because they had not learnt; and as they had abandoned the law of the Lord, consequently they had no proper matter for instruction.

There is a great diversity of opinions concerning the meaning of this text. Some consider it a prophecy relative to the future state of this people, and the final destruction of the Jews as to their political existence: others consider it as referring to the state of the people under the reigns of Rehoboam and Abijah, which were happily changed under that of Asa; and this appears to me to be the most natural sense of the words.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

in their trouble

Deuteronomy 4:29,30 But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul...

Jeremiah 3:9,10 And it came to pass through the lightness of her prostitution, that she defiled the land...

Jeremiah 10:10-16 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble...

Psalm 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.

Hosea 14:1-3 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity...

found of them

2 Chronicles 15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire...

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

Isaiah 65:1,2 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me...

Romans 10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and said, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after me.

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The Search that Always Finds
'They ... sought Him with their whole desire; and He was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.'--2 CHRON. xv. 15. These words occur in one of the least familiar passages of the Old Testament. They describe an incident in the reign of Asa, who was the grandson of Solomon's foolish son Rehoboam, and was consequently the third king of Judah after the secession of the North. He had just won a great victory, and was returning with his triumphant army to Jerusalem, when there met him
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Secret of Effectual Prayer
"What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall have them."--MARK xi. 24. Here we have a summary of the teaching of our Lord Jesus on prayer. Nothing will so much help to convince us of the sin of our remissness in prayer, to discover its causes, and to give us courage to expect entire deliverance, as the careful study and then the believing acceptance of that teaching. The more heartily we enter into the mind of our blessed Lord, and set ourselves simply
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

2 Chronicles 15:2
He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

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