Asa Succeeds Abijah in Judah
2 ¶ IAsa° did° good° and right° in the sight° of the LORD° his God°, 3 for he removed° athe foreign° altars° and bhigh° places°, tore° down° the [sacred] pillars°, cut° down° the IcAsherim°, 4 and commanded° Judah° to seek° the LORD° God° of their fathers° and to observe° the law° and the commandment°. 5 He also removed° the high° places° and the aincense° altars° from all° the cities° of Judah°. And the kingdom° was undisturbed° under° him. 6 aHe built° fortified° cities° in Judah°, since° the land° was undisturbed°, and Ithere° was no° one° at war° with him during those° years°, bbecause° the LORD° had given° him rest°. 7 For he said° to Judah°, “aLet us build° these° cities° and surround° [them] with walls° and towers°, gates° and bars°. The land° is still° Iours° 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°. 8 Now Asa° had° an army° of a300,000°°° from Judah°, bearing° large° shields° and spears°, and 280,000°°° from Benjamin°, bearing° shields° and wielding° bows°; all° of them were valiant° warriors°.
 ICh 14:1 in Heb
 II.e. wooden symbols of a female deity aDt 7:5 b1K 15:12-14 cEx 34:13
 a2Ch 34:4, 7
 ILit there was not with him war a2Ch 11:5 b2Ch 15:15
 ILit before us a2Ch 8:5
 a2Ch 13:3
9 ¶ Now Zerah° the Ethiopian° acame° out against° them with an army° of a million° men and 300°° chariots°, and he came° to bMareshah°. 10 So Asa° went° out Ito meet° him, and they drew° up in battle° formation° in the valley° of Zephathah° at Mareshah°. 11 Then Asa° acalled° to the LORD° his God° and said°, “LORD°, there° is no° one° besides° You to help° [in the battle] between° the powerful° and those who have° no° strength°; so help° us, O LORD° our God°, bfor we trust° in You, and in Your name° have come° against° this° multitude°. O LORD°, You are our God°; let not man° prevail° against° You.” 12 So athe LORD° Irouted° the Ethiopians° before° Asa° and before° Judah°, and the Ethiopians° fled°. 13 Asa° and the people° who° [were] with him pursued° them as far° as aGerar°; and so many Ethiopians° fell° that Ithey could not recover°, for they were shattered° before° the LORD° and before° His army°. And they carried° away very° much° plunder°. 14 They Idestroyed° all° the cities° around° Gerar°, afor the dread° of the LORD° had fallen° on them; and they despoiled° all° the cities°, for there was much° plunder° in them. 15 They also° struck° down° Ithose who owned° livestock°, and they carried° away large° numbers° of sheep° and camels°. Then they returned° to Jerusalem°.
 a2Ch 12:2, 3; 16:8 b2Ch 11:8
 ILit before him
 a2Ch 13:14 b2Ch 13:18
 ILit struck a2Ch 13:15
 IOr there was none left alive aGn 10:19
 ILit smote a2Ch 17:10
 ILit tents of livestock
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Asa succeeding destroyeth idolatry.
1 ¶ So Abijahº sleptºª with² his fathers,º and they buriedºª him in the cityº of David:º and Asaº his sonº reignedºª in his stead.² In his daysº the landº was quietºª tenº years.º 2 And Asaº didºª [that which was] goodº and rightº in the eyesº of the LORDº his God:º 3 For he took awayºª² the altarsº of the strangeº [gods], and the high places,º and brake downºª² the images,º and cut downºª² the groves:º 4 And commandedºª Judahº to seekºª² the LORDº Godº of their fathers,º and to doºª the lawº and the commandment.º 5 Also he took awayºª out of all²² the citiesº of Judahº² the high placesº and the images:º and the kingdomº was quietºª beforeº him.
 1K 2:10; 14:31; 15:8; 1Ch 3:10; 2Ch 9:31; Mt 1:7.
 1K 15:11, 14; 2Ch 31:20; Lk 1:75.
 Ex 34:13; Lv 26:30; Dt 7:5, 25; Jg 6:25; 1K 11:7; 14:22; 15:12; 2K 18:4; 23:6, 14; 2Ch 15:17; 34:4.
 Gn 18:19; Jsh 24:15; 1S 3:13; 2Ch 11:16; 29:21, 27, 30; 30:12, 19; 33:16; 34:32; Ezr 10:7; Ne 10:29; 13:9, 19; Ps 101:2; 119:10; Is 55:6; Am 5:4.
 2Ch 34:4.
Having peace, he strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and armies.
6 ¶ And he builtºª fencedº citiesº in Judah:º for² the landº had rest,ºª and he had no² warº in those² years;º because² the LORDº had given him rest.ºª 7 Therefore he saidºª unto Judah,º Let us buildºª² these² cities,º and make aboutºª [them] walls,º and towers,º gates,º and bars,º [while] the landº [is] yet² beforeº us; because² we have soughtºª² the LORDº our God,º we have soughtºª [him], and he hath given us restºª on every side.º² So they builtºª and prospered.ºª 8 And Asaº had² an armyº [of men] that bareºª targetsº and spears,º out of² Judahº threeº hundredº thousand;º and out of Benjamin,º² that bareºª shieldsº and drewºª bows,º two hundredº and fourscoreº thousand:º all² these² [were] mighty menº of valour.º
 Jsh 23:1; Jg 3:11, 30; 5:31; 1K 5:4; 1Ch 22:9; 2Ch 8:2; 11:5; 15:15; Jb 34:29; Ps 46:9.
 Jsh 23:1; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 14:4, 6; 32:5; Ps 105:3; Jr 29:12; Mt 11:28; Jn 9:4; 12:35; Ac 9:31; He 3:13; 1P 3:12.
 2Ch 11:1; 13:3; 17:14; 25:5.
Calling on God, he overthroweth Zerah, and spoileth the Ethiopians.
9 ¶ And there came outºª against² them Zerahº the Ethiopianº with an hostº of a thousandº thousand,º and threeº hundredº chariots;º and cameºª unto² Mareshah.º 10 Then Asaº went outºª againstº him, and they set the battle¹ in arrayºª² in the valleyº of Zephathahº at Mareshah.º 11 And Asaº criedºª unto² the LORDº his God,º and said,ºª LORD,º [it is] nothing² with² thee to help,ºª whetherº with many,º or with them that have no² power:º helpºª us, O LORDº our God;º for² we restºª on² thee, and in thy nameº we goºª against² this² multitude.º O LORD,º thou² [art] our God;º let not² manº prevailºª against² thee. 12 So the LORDº smoteºª² the Ethiopiansº beforeº Asa,º and beforeº Judah;º and the Ethiopiansº fled.ºª 13 And Asaº and the peopleº that² [were] with² him pursuedºª them unto² Gerar:º and the Ethiopiansº² were overthrown,ºª that they could not² recoverº themselves; for² they were destroyedºª beforeº the LORD,º and beforeº his host;º and they carried awayºª veryº muchºª spoil.º 14 And they smoteºª² all² the citiesº round aboutº Gerar;º for² the fearº of the LORDº came² upon² them: and they spoiledºª² all² the cities;º for² there was² exceeding muchº spoilº in them. 15 They smoteºª also² the tentsº of cattle,º and carried awayºª sheepº and camelsº in abundance,º and returnedºª to Jerusalem.º
 Jsh 15:44; 2K 19:9; 2Ch 12:2; 16:8; Is 8:9; Ezk 30:5; Mi 1:15; Rv 16:14.
 Jsh 19:4; Jg 1:17.
 Ex 14:10; Lv 26:8; Dt 32:27, 30, 36; Jsh 7:8; Jg 7:7; 1S 2:9; 14:6; 17:35, 45; 1K 20:27; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 13:12, 14, 18; 18:31; 20:12; 32:8, 20; Ps 9:19; 18:6; 20:5, 7; 22:5; 34:6; 37:5; 50:15; 79:9; 91:15; 120:1; Pv 18:10; Is 2:22; 26:3, 13; 40:29; 41:10; Jr 1:19; Am 5:9; Zc 2:8; Mt 16:18; Jn 14:1, 27; Ac 2:21; 3:16; 9:4; Ro 8:31; 2Co 12:9.
 Ex 14:25; Dt 28:7; 32:39; Jsh 10:10; 2Ch 13:15; 20:22; Ps 60:12; 136:17; 1Co 9:26; 15:57.
 Gn 10:1, 19; 20:1; 26:1; Jsh 5:14; 1S 25:28; 1Ch 12:22; 2Ch 14:14; Jb 6:9; 9:4; Ps 108:11; 2Th 1:9.
 Gn 35:5; Dt 2:25; Jsh 2:9, 24; 5:1; Jg 14:19; 1S 14:15; 2K 7:6, 7, 16; 2Ch 17:10; 20:25, 29; Jb 15:21; Ps 48:5; 68:12; Is 31:9; 33:23; Ro 8:37.
 Nu 31:9, 30; 1S 30:20; 1Ch 4:41; 5:21.
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