2 Chronicles 14
Asa succeeding destroyeth idolatry.
2 Chronicles 14:1 So Abia slept with his fathers, and they buryed him in the citie of Dauid, and Asa his sonne raigned in his steade, in whose dayes the lande was in quietnesse ten yeres. 2 Chronicles 14:2 And Asa did that was good & right in the eyes of the Lorde his God. 2 Chronicles 14:3 For he toke away straunge aulters and the high places, and brake downe the images, and cut downe the groues: 2 Chronicles 14:4 And commaunded Iuda to seeke the Lorde God of their fathers, and to do according to the lawe and commaundement. 2 Chronicles 14:5 And he put away out of all the cities of Iuda the high places & the images: & the kingdome was quiet before him.
Having peace, he strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and armies.
2 Chronicles 14:6 And he built strong cities in Iuda, because the lande was in rest, and he had no warre in those yeres: for the Lorde had geuen him rest. 2 Chronicles 14:7 Therefore he saide vnto Iuda: let vs builde these cities, & make about them walles, towres, gates, and barres, for the lande is yet in rest before vs: because we haue sought the Lorde our God, we haue sought him, and he hath geuen vs rest on euery side. And so they built, and it prospered with them. 2 Chronicles 14:8 And Asa had an armie of men that bare shieldes and speares out of Iuda three hundred thousand, & out of Beniamin that bare shieldes & drewe bowes two hundred and fourescore thousand: all these were valiaunt men.
Calling on God, he overthroweth Zerah, and spoileth the Ethiopians.
2 Chronicles 14:9 And there came out against them Zarah the blacke Morian with an hoast of ten hundred thousand, & three hundred charettes, & came as farre as Maresa. 2 Chronicles 14:10 And Asa went out before him, and they ioyned the battaile in the valley of Zephata, beside Maresa. 2 Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cryed vnto the Lorde his God, and saide: Lorde, it is no harde thing with thee to helpe with many or them that haue no power: Helpe vs therfore O Lorde our God, for we trust to thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude: Thou art the Lord our God, and no man shall preuaile against thee. 2 Chronicles 14:12 So the Lord smote the blacke Moores before Asa and Iuda, and the blacke Moores fled. 2 Chronicles 14:13 And Asa & the people that was with him, folowed after them vnto Gerar: And the blacke Moores hoast was ouerthrowen, that there was none of them left, but were destroyed before the Lord and before his hoast: And they caryed away a mightie great pray. 2 Chronicles 14:14 And they smote all the cities rounde about Gerar, for the feare of the Lorde came vpon them: And they spoyled all the cities, & there was exceeding much spoyle in them. 2 Chronicles 14:15 They smote also the tentes of cattaile, and caryed away plentie of sheepe and camels, and returned to Hierusalem,