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14 And Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Asa his son then reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years.

Asa, King of Judah(A)

Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He took down the foreign altars and high places, and he shattered the pillars and cut down the images of Asherah. Then he urged Judah to seek the Lord the God of their fathers and to keep the law and commandments. And he also removed all the high places and incense altars in the cities in Judah. And the kingdom was at rest under Asa. He built fortified cities in Judah because the land was quiet; and there was no war in these years, for the Lord gave peace to him.

And he said to Judah, “Let us build up these cities and let us surround them with walls, towers, gates, and bars for the land before us is still ours because we have sought after the Lord our God. We have sought Him, and He has given us peace all around.” So they built and had success.

And it happened that Asa had an army from Judah carrying large shields and spears numbering three hundred thousand. And from Benjamin he had an army carrying shields and bows numbering two hundred eighty thousand. All of these were mighty men of valor.

But Zerah the Ethiopian Cushite came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots. And he came up to Mareshah. 10 Then Asa went out to engage him, and they arranged for battle in the Valley of Zephathah near Mareshah.

11 And Asa cried out the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing with You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power. Help us, O Lord our God; for we trust in You, and in Your name we come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God. Let no man prevail against You.”

12 So the Lord struck down the Ethiopian Cushites before Asa and Judah, and the Cushites fled. 13 Then Asa and those with him pursued them until Gerar. And the Cushites fell till there was not one left alive because they were struck down before the Lord and His army. And those in Judah carried off a very great plunder. 14 And they struck down all the cities surrounding Gerar because the terror of the Lord was on them. And they plundered all the cities because there was a great amount of possessions in them. 15 And they also struck the tents holding livestock, and they carried off sheep and a great amount of camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.