1 So 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 was
quiet ten years. 2 Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of
Yahweh his God: 3 for he took away the foreign altars, and the high
places, and broke down the pillars, and hewed down the Asherim, 4 and
commanded Judah to seek Yahweh, the God of their fathers, and to do the law
and the commandment. 5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah
the high places and the sun-images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
6 He built fortified cities in Judah; for the land was quiet, and he had
no war in those years, because Yahweh had given him rest. 7 For he said to
Judah, 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 Yahweh our
God; we have sought him, and he has given us rest on every side. So they
built and prospered. 8 Asa had an army that bore bucklers and spears, out
of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bore shields and
drew bows, two hundred eighty thousand: all these were mighty men of valor.
9 There came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an army of a
million troops, and three hundred chariots; and he came to Mareshah.
10 Then Asa went out to meet him, and they set the battle in array in the
valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 Asa cried to Yahweh his God, and said,
Yahweh, there is none besides you to help, between the mighty and him
who has no strength: help us, Yahweh our God; for we rely on you, and in
your name are we come against this multitude. Yahweh, you are our God;
donít let man prevail against you. 12 So Yahweh struck the Ethiopians
before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 13 Asa and the
people who were with him pursued them to Gerar: and there fell of the
Ethiopians so many that they could not recover themselves; for they were
destroyed before Yahweh, and before his host; and they carried away very much
booty. 14 They struck all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of
Yahweh came on them: and they despoiled all the cities; for there was much
spoil in them. 15 They struck also the tents of cattle, and carried away
sheep in abundance, and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.
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