17 Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa's heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
17 But the high places were not taken out of Israel. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days.
17 Unfortunately he didn't get rid of the local sex-and-religion shrines. But he was well-intentioned - his heart was in the right place, loyal to God.
17 But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days.
17 Although the pagan shrines were not removed from Israel, Asa's heart remained completely faithful throughout his life.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Chronicles 15:17
The people make a solemn covenant with God.
The work of complete reformation appeared so difficult, that Asa had not courage to attempt it, till assured of Divine assistance and acceptance. He and his people offered sacrifices to God; thanksgiving for the favours they had received, and supplication for further favours. Prayers and praises are now our spiritual sacrifices. The people, of their own will, covenanted to seek the Lord, each for himself, with earnestness. What is religion but seeking God, inquiring after him, applying to him upon all occasions? We make nothing of our religion, if we do not make heart-work of it; God will have all the heart, or none. Our devotedness to God our Saviour, should be avowed and shown in the most solemn and public manner. What is done in hypocrisy is a mere drudgery.