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2 Chronicles 14:1-9 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Abijah died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. His son Asa became the next king. For ten years into Asa's reign the country was at peace. 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 Asa was a good king. He did things right in God's eyes. 2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
3 He cleaned house: got rid of the pagan altars and shrines, smashed the sacred stone pillars, and chopped down the sex-and-religion groves (Asherim). 3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.
4 He told Judah to center their lives in God, the God of their fathers, to do what the law said, and to follow the commandments. 4 He commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to obey his laws and commands.
5 Because he got rid of all the pagan shrines and altars in the cities of Judah, his kingdom was at peace. 5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
6 Because the land was quiet and there was no war, he was able to build up a good defense system in Judah. God kept the peace. 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 Asa said to his people, "While we have the chance and the land is quiet, let's build a solid defense system, fortifying our cities with walls, towers, gates, and bars. We have this peaceful land because we sought God; he has given us rest from all troubles." So they built and enjoyed prosperity. 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 Asa had an army of 300,000 Judeans, equipped with shields and spears, and another 280,000 Benjaminites who were shield bearers and archers. They were all courageous warriors. 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 Zerah the Ethiopian went to war against Asa with an army of a million plus 300 chariots and got as far as Mareshah. 9 Zerah the Cushite marched out against them with a vast army and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.