14:3 For he took away the altars of the strange [gods], and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the a groves:
(a) Which were planted contrary to the Law, ( Deuteronomy 16:21 ). 14:5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was b quiet before him.
(b) He shows that the rest and quietness of kingdoms stands in abolishing idolatry and advancing true religion. 14:7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about [them] walls, and towers, gates, and bars, [while] the land [is] yet c 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.
(c) While we have the full government of it. 14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the d Ethiopian with an host of a million, and three hundred chariots; and came unto e Mareshah.
(d) The king of Ethiopia, or Egypt. 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, [it is] nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou [art] our God; f let not man prevail against thee.
(e) Which was a city in Judah, ( Joshua 15:44 ) where Michaiah the prophet was born.
(f) Thus the children of God neither trust in their own power or policy, nor fear the strength and subtilty of their enemies, but consider the cause and see whether their enterprises tend to Gods glory, and thereupon assure themselves of the victory by him, who alone is Almighty and can turn all flesh into dust with the breath of his mouth. 14:14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the g fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them.
(g) The Lord had stricken them with fear.