So Aviyah 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 was quiet ten years.
Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:
for he took away the foreign altars, and the high places, and broke down the pillars, and hewed down the Asherim,
and commanded Yehudah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to do the law and the mitzvah.
Also he took away out of all the cities of Yehudah the high places and the sun-images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
He built fortified cities in Yehudah; for the land was quiet, and he had no war in those years, because the LORD had given him rest.
For he said to Yehudah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars; the land is yet before us, because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought him, and he has given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.
Asa had an army that bore bucklers and spears, out of Yehudah three hundred thousand; and out of Binyamin, that bore shields and drew bows, two hundred eighty thousand: all these were mighty men of valor.
There came out against them Zerach the Kushite with an army of a million troops, and three hundred chariots; and he came to Mareshah.
Then Asa went out to meet him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Tzefatah at Mareshah.
Asa cried to the LORD his God, and said, LORD, there is none besides you to help, between the mighty and him who has no strength: help us, LORD our God; for we rely on you, and in your name are we come against this multitude. LORD, you are our God; don't let man prevail against you.
So the LORD struck the Kushim before Asa, and before Yehudah; and the Kushim fled.
Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar: and there fell of the Kushim so many that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much booty.
They struck all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came on them: and they despoiled all the cities; for there was much spoil in them.
They struck also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep in abundance, and camels, and returned to Yerushalayim.