2 Chronicles 14 ©

After the death of Abijah, Asa, his son, becomes king, v. 1, etc. He destroys idolatry, and restores the pure worship of God, 2. Having peace, he fortifies his cities, and furnishes himself with an army of men, 6. Being in a peril of war by reason of Zerah, the Ethiopian, he cries unto God, and smites an huge camp, with many cities, 9.


SO Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asaa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet 1ten years.


And Asa did that which was 2good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:


For heb took away the altars of the 3strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:


And 4commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do 5the law and the commandment.


Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah 6the high places and the 7images: and the kingdom was quiet 8before him.


¶And he built 9fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.


Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build 10these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, 11while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.


And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew 12bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were 13mighty men of valour.


¶Andc there came out against them Zerah the 14Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto 15Mareshah.


Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of 16Zephathah at Mareshah.


And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, 17it is nothing with thee to help, 18whetherd with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and 19in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man 20prevail 21against thee.


So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.


And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto 22Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not 23recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and 24they carried away very much spoil.


And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for 25the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them.


They smote also the 26tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.