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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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2 Chronicles 16:1-14

16  In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of A′sa, Ba′a·sha+ the king of Israel came up against Judah and began to build Ra′mah,+ so as not to allow anyone to go out or come in to A′sa the king of Judah.+  A′sa now brought out silver and gold from the treasures of Jehovah’s house+ and the king’s house+ and sent to Ben-ha′dad+ the king of Syria,+ who was dwelling at Damascus,+ saying:  “There is a covenant between me and you and between my father and your father. Here I do send you silver and gold. Go, break your covenant with Ba′a·sha+ the king of Israel, that he may withdraw from me.”+  So Ben-ha′dad listened to King A′sa and sent the chiefs of the military forces that were his against the cities of Israel, so that they struck I′jon+ and Dan+ and A′bel-ma′im+ and all the storage places+ of the cities of Naph′ta·li.+  And it came about that as soon as Ba′a·sha heard of it, he immediately quit building Ra′mah and stopped his work.+  As for A′sa the king, he took all Judah,+ and they proceeded to carry away the stones of Ra′mah+ and its timbers with which Ba′a·sha had built,+ and he began to build with them Ge′ba+ and Miz′pah.+  And at that time Ha·na′ni+ the seer came to A′sa the king of Judah and then said to him: “Because you leaned upon the king of Syria+ and did not lean upon Jehovah your God,+ for that reason the military force of the king of Syria has escaped out of your hand.  Did not the E·thi·o′pi·ans+ and the Lib′y·ans+ themselves happen to be a very great military force in multitude, in chariots and in horsemen;+ and because of your leaning upon Jehovah did he not give them into your hand?+  For, as regards Jehovah, his eyes+ are roving about through all the earth+ to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart+ is complete toward him. You have acted foolishly+ respecting this, for from now on there will exist wars against you.”+ 10  However, A′sa became offended at the seer and put him in the house of the stocks,+ because he was in a rage at him over this.+ And A′sa began to crush+ some others of the people at that same time. 11  And, look! the affairs of A′sa, the first and the last, there they are written in the Book+ of the Kings of Judah and of Israel. 12  And A′sa in the thirty-ninth year of his reign developed an ailment in his feet until he was very sick;+ and even in his sickness he searched not for Jehovah+ but for the healers.+ 13  Finally A′sa lay down with his forefathers+ and died in the forty-first year of his reigning. 14  So they buried him in his grand burial place*+ that he had excavated for himself in the City of David;+ and they laid him in the bed that had been filled with balsam oil+ and different sorts of ointment+ mixed in an ointment of special make.+ Further, they made an extraordinarily great funeral burning+ for him.*


“In his grand burial place.” Lit., “in his burial places.” Heb., veqiv·ro·thav′, pl. to denote excellence; LXX, “tomb”; Vg, “sepulcher.”
Not a cremation of Asa but a burning of spices.