2 Chronicles 14 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So Abijah went to rest with his fathers, and they put him into the earth in the town of David, and Asa his son became king in his place; in his time the land was quiet for ten years. 1 And Abijah rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. Asa his son succeeded him as king, and in his days the country was at peace for ten years.
2 And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God; 2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
3 For he took away the altars of strange gods and the high places, and had the upright stones broken and the wood pillars cut down; 3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.
4 And he made Judah go after the Lord, the God of their fathers, and keep his laws and his orders. 4 He commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to obey his laws and commands.
5 And he took away the high places and the sun-images from all the towns of Judah; and the kingdom was quiet under his rule. 5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
6 He made walled towns in Judah, for the land was quiet and there were no wars in those years, because the Lord had given him rest. 6 He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the LORD gave him rest.
7 He said to Judah, Let us make these towns, building walls round them with towers and doors and locks. The land is still ours, because we have been true to the Lord our God; we have been true to him and he has given us rest on every side. So they went on building and all went well for them. 7 "Let us build up these towns," he said to Judah, "and put walls around them, with towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the LORD our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side." So they built and prospered.
8 And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand men of Judah armed with body-covers and spears, and two hundred and eighty thousand of Benjamin armed with body-covers and bows; all these were men of war. 8 Asa had an army of three hundred thousand men from Judah, equipped with large shields and with spears, and two hundred and eighty thousand from Benjamin, armed with small shields and with bows. All these were brave fighting men.
9 And Zerah the Ethiopian, with an army of a million, and three hundred war-carriages, came out against them to Mareshah. 9 Zerah the Cushite marched out against them with a vast army and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.
10 And Asa went out against him, and they put their forces in position in the valley north of Mareshah. 10 Asa went out to meet him, and they took up battle positions in the Valley of Zephathah near Mareshah.
11 And Asa made prayer to the Lord his God and said, Lord, you only are able to give help against the strong to him who has no strength; come to our help, O Lord our God, for our hope is in you, and in your name we have come out against this great army. O Lord, you are our God; let not man's power be greater than yours. 11 Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, "LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you."
12 So the Lord sent fear on the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah; and the Ethiopians went in flight. 12 The LORD struck down the Cushites before Asa and Judah. The Cushites fled,
13 And Asa and the people who were with him went after them as far as Gerar; and so great was the destruction among the Ethiopians that they were not able to get their army together again, for they were broken before the Lord and before his army; and they took away a great amount of their goods. 13 and Asa and his army pursued them as far as Gerar. Such a great number of Cushites fell that they could not recover; they were crushed before the LORD and his forces. The men of Judah carried off a large amount of plunder.
14 And they overcame all the towns round Gerar, because the Lord sent fear on them; and they took away their goods from the towns, for there were stores of wealth in them. 14 They destroyed all the villages around Gerar, for the terror of the LORD had fallen upon them. They plundered all these villages, since there was much booty there.
15 And they made an attack on the tents of the owners of the cattle, and took away great numbers of sheep and camels and went back to Jerusalem. 15 They also attacked the camps of the herdsmen and carried off droves of sheep and goats and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.