and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: (A)The Lord is with you while you are with him. (B)If you seek him, he will be found by you, (C)but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

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Therefore let everyone who is (A)godly
    offer prayer to you at a time when you (B)may be found;
surely in the rush of (C)great waters,
    they shall not reach him.

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34 When he killed them, they (A)sought him;
    they repented and sought God earnestly.

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17 (A)I love those who love me,
    and (B)those who seek me diligently find me.

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(A)“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;

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Afterward (A)the children of Israel shall return and (B)seek the Lord their God, and (C)David their king, (D)and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the (E)latter days.

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39 And those of you who are left shall (A)rot away in your enemies' lands because of their iniquity, and also because of the iniquities of their fathers they shall rot away like them.

40 “But if (B)they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they (C)committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, 41 so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their (D)uncircumcised heart is (E)humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, 42 then I will (F)remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will (G)remember the land.

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Repentance and Forgiveness

30 (A)“And (B)when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and (C)you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and (D)return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the Lord your God (E)will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will (F)gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.

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