2 Chronicles 14


Asa Reigns in Judah

And Abijah slept with his fathers, and they entombed him in the city of David. And [3took reign 1Asa 2his son] instead of him. In the days of Asa [4was quiet 1the 2land 3of Judah] for ten years. And he did the good and the upright thing before the  lord his God. And he removed the altars of the aliens, and the high places, and he broke the monuments, and cut down the sacred groves. And he spoke to Judah, to seek after the  lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandments. And he removed from all of the cities of Judah the altars and the idols; and [3was at peace 1the 2kingdom] before him. And he built [2cities 1walled] in the land of Judah; for there was peace in the land, and there was no war to him in these years, for [2gave rest 3to him 1the  lord]. And he said to Judah, We should build these cities, and we should make walls, and towers, and gates, and bars, in which land we dominate, for as we sought the  lord our God, he sought us, and rested us round about. And they built and prospered. And there was to Asa a force of armor-bearers lifting shields and spears in Judah -- three hundred thousand. And in Benjamin men armed with small shields, and bowmen -- two hundred and eighty thousand, all these were warriors of power.

Ethiopia Attacks Judah

And [4came forth 5against 6them 1Zarai 2the 3Ethiopian] in a force with a thousand thousand, and with [2chariots 1three hundred]; and he came unto Mareshah. 10 And Asa came forth to meet against him, and he deployed for war in the ravine to the north of Mareshah. 11 And Asa yelled to the  lord his God, and said, O  lord, it is not impossible for you to deliver by many or by few. Help us, O  lord our God, for upon you we yield, and in your name we came against [2multitude 1this vast]. O  lord our God. You are the God. Let not [2prevail 3against 4you 1man]! 12 And the  lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. 13 And [2pursued 3them 1Asa] and his people unto Gerar. And [3fell 1the 2Ethiopians] so as to not be in procurement of safety for themselves; for they were defeated before the  lord, and before his force. And they despoiled [2spoils 1many]. 14 And they knocked down their towns round about Gerar; for there became a change of state of the  lord upon them. And they plundered all their cities; for many spoils came to them. 15 And indeed the tents of the cattle they cut down, and they took [2sheep 1many] and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.
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