2 Chronicles 14:1-6

1 And Abijah rested with his ancestors 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.

Asa King of Judah

2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.[a]
4 He commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands.
5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
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.

2 Chronicles 14:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.
ESV
1 Abijah 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.
NLT
1 When Abijah died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Asa became the next king. There was peace in the land for ten years.
MSG
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.
CSB
1 Abijah rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. His son Asa became king in his place. During his reign the land experienced peace for 10 years.

2 Chronicles 14:1-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 CHRONICLES 14

This chapter relates the death of Abijah, and the succession of Asa in his stead, 2Ch 14:1, gives a good character of the latter for his reformation in religion, and for the care he took for the safety and protection of his subjects, 2Ch 14:2-8, and an account is given of a large army of Ethiopians that came against him, over whom he crying to the Lord, and trusting in him, by his help obtained a complete victory, 2Ch 14:9-15.

2 Chronicles 14:1-6 In-Context

1 And Abijah rested with his ancestors 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 did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.
4 He commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands.
5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
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 “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 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 Cushite marched out against them with an army of thousands upon thousands and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah.
10 Asa went out to meet him, and they took up battle positions in the Valley of Zephathah near Mareshah.

Cross References 8

  • 1. 2 Chronicles 21:12
  • 2. S Judges 2:2
  • 3. S Exodus 23:24
  • 4. S Exodus 34:13; Deuteronomy 7:5; 1 Kings 15:12-14
  • 5. S 1 Chronicles 16:11
  • 6. S 1 Kings 15:14
  • 7. Isaiah 27:9; Ezekiel 6:4; 2 Chronicles 34:4,7
  • 8. S 1 Chronicles 22:9; 2 Chronicles 15:15

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah; here and elsewhere in 2 Chronicles
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