1a1Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land had rest for ten years.
2b And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
He took away the foreign altars 2and the high places and broke down 3the pillars and cut down the 4Asherim
and commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment.
He also took out of all the cities of Judah 5the high places and the 6incense altars. And the kingdom had rest under him.
He built 7fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest. He had no war in those years, 8for the LORD gave him peace.
And he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities and surround them with 9walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the LORD our God. We have sought him, 10and he has given us peace on every side." So they built and prospered.
And Asa had an army of 11 300,000 from Judah, armed with large shields and spears, and 280,000 men from Benjamin that carried shields and drew bows. All these were mighty men of valor.
Zerah 12the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as 13Mareshah.
And Asa went out to meet him, and 14they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at 15Mareshah.
And Asa 16cried to the LORD his God, "O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, 17for we rely on you, 18and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let not man prevail against you."
1219So the LORD defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as 20Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until none remained alive, for they were broken before the LORD and his army. The men of Judahc carried away very much spoil.
And they attacked all the cities around 21Gerar, 22for the fear of the LORD was upon them. They plundered all the cities, for there was much plunder in them.
And they struck down the tents of those who had livestock and carried away sheep in abundance and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.