So Abijah slept4 with his fathers, and they buried4 him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned4 in his stead. In his days the land was quiet1 ten years.
And Asa did4 [that which was] good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:
For he took away55 the altars of the strange [gods], and the high places, and brake down17 the images, and cut down17 the groves:
And commanded4 Judah to seek2 the LORD God of their fathers, and to do2 the law and the commandment.
Also he took away55 out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet4 before him.
And he built4 fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest,1 and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.52
Therefore he said4 unto Judah, Let us build4 these cities, and make about55 [them] walls, and towers, gates, and bars, [while] the land [is] yet before us; because we have sought1 the LORD our God, we have sought1 [him], and he hath given us rest4 on every side. So they built4 and prospered.55
And Asa had an army [of men] that bare6 targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare6 shields and drew6 bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these [were] mighty men of valour.
And there came out4 against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came4 unto Mareshah.
Then Asa went out4 against him, and they set the battle in array4 in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
And Asa cried4 unto the LORD his God, and said,4 LORD, [it is] nothing with thee to help,2 whether with many, or with them that have no power: help3 us, O LORD our God; for we rest8 on thee, and in thy name we go1 against this multitude. O LORD, thou [art] our God; let not man prevail4 against thee.
So the LORD smote4 the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.4
And Asa and the people that [were] with him pursued4 them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown,4 that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed8 before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away4 very much53 spoil.
And they smote55 all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled4 all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them.
They smote52 also the tents of cattle, and carried away4 sheep and camels in abundance, and returned4 to Jerusalem.