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Asa Succeeds Abijah in Judah

1 IaSo Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and his son Asa became king in his place. The land was undisturbed for ten years during his days.

[1] ICh 13:23 in Heb a1K 15:8

2IAsa did good and right in the sight of the LORD his God, 3 for he removed athe foreign altars and bhigh places, tore down the [sacred] pillars, cut down the IcAsherim, 4 and commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers and to observe the law and the commandment. 5 He also removed the high places and the aincense altars from all the cities of Judah. And the kingdom was undisturbed under him. 6 aHe built fortified cities in Judah, since the land was undisturbed, and Ithere was no one at war with him during those years, bbecause the LORD had given him rest. 7 For he said to Judah, “aLet us build these cities and surround [them] with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still Iours because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered. 8 Now Asa had an army of a300,000 from Judah, bearing large shields and spears, and 280,000 from Benjamin, bearing shields and wielding bows; all of them were valiant warriors.

[2] ICh 14:1 in Heb
[3] II.e. wooden symbols of a female deity aDt 7:5 b1K 15:12-14 cEx 34:13
[5] a2Ch 34:4, 7
[6] ILit there was not with him war a2Ch 11:5 b2Ch 15:15
[7] ILit before us a2Ch 8:5
[8] a2Ch 13:3

9 ¶ Now Zerah the Ethiopian acame out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and he came to bMareshah. 10 So Asa went out Ito meet him, and they drew up in battle formation in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 Then Asa acalled to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one besides You to help [in the battle] between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, bfor we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” 12 So athe LORD Irouted the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. 13 Asa and the people who [were] with him pursued them as far as aGerar; and so many Ethiopians fell that Ithey could not recover, for they were shattered before the LORD and before His army. And they carried away very much plunder. 14 They Idestroyed all the cities around Gerar, afor the dread of the LORD had fallen on them; and they despoiled all the cities, for there was much plunder in them. 15 They also struck down Ithose who owned livestock, and they carried away large numbers of sheep and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.

[9] a2Ch 12:2, 3; 16:8 b2Ch 11:8
[10] ILit before him
[11] a2Ch 13:14 b2Ch 13:18
[12] ILit struck a2Ch 13:15
[13] IOr there was none left alive aGn 10:19
[14] ILit smote a2Ch 17:10
[15] ILit tents of livestock


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Asa succeeding destroyeth idolatry.

1 ¶ So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. 2 And Asa did [that which was] good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God: 3 For he took away the altars of the strange [gods], and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: 4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD 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 images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.

[1] 1K 2:10; 14:31; 15:8; 1Ch 3:10; 2Ch 9:31; Mt 1:7.
[2] 1K 15:11, 14; 2Ch 31:20; Lk 1:75.
[3] Ex 34:13; Lv 26:30; Dt 7:5, 25; Jg 6:25; 1K 11:7; 14:22; 15:12; 2K 18:4; 23:6, 14; 2Ch 15:17; 34:4.
[4] Gn 18:19; Jsh 24:15; 1S 3:13; 2Ch 11:16; 29:21, 27, 30; 30:12, 19; 33:16; 34:32; Ezr 10:7; Ne 10:29; 13:9, 19; Ps 101:2; 119:10; Is 55:6; Am 5:4.
[5] 2Ch 34:4.

Having peace, he strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and armies.

6 ¶ And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest. 7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about [them] walls, and towers, gates, and bars, [while] the land [is] yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought [him], and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered. 8 And Asa had an army [of men] that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these [were] mighty men of valour.

[6] Jsh 23:1; Jg 3:11, 30; 5:31; 1K 5:4; 1Ch 22:9; 2Ch 8:2; 11:5; 15:15; Jb 34:29; Ps 46:9.
[7] Jsh 23:1; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 14:4, 6; 32:5; Ps 105:3; Jr 29:12; Mt 11:28; Jn 9:4; 12:35; Ac 9:31; He 3:13; 1P 3:12.
[8] 2Ch 11:1; 13:3; 17:14; 25:5.

Calling on God, he overthroweth Zerah, and spoileth the Ethiopians.

9 ¶ And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, [it is] nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou [art] our God; let not man prevail against thee. 12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 13 And Asa and the people that [were] with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil. 14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them. 15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.

[9] Jsh 15:44; 2K 19:9; 2Ch 12:2; 16:8; Is 8:9; Ezk 30:5; Mi 1:15; Rv 16:14.
[10] Jsh 19:4; Jg 1:17.
[11] Ex 14:10; Lv 26:8; Dt 32:27, 30, 36; Jsh 7:8; Jg 7:7; 1S 2:9; 14:6; 17:35, 45; 1K 20:27; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 13:12, 14, 18; 18:31; 20:12; 32:8, 20; Ps 9:19; 18:6; 20:5, 7; 22:5; 34:6; 37:5; 50:15; 79:9; 91:15; 120:1; Pv 18:10; Is 2:22; 26:3, 13; 40:29; 41:10; Jr 1:19; Am 5:9; Zc 2:8; Mt 16:18; Jn 14:1, 27; Ac 2:21; 3:16; 9:4; Ro 8:31; 2Co 12:9.
[12] Ex 14:25; Dt 28:7; 32:39; Jsh 10:10; 2Ch 13:15; 20:22; Ps 60:12; 136:17; 1Co 9:26; 15:57.
[13] Gn 10:1, 19; 20:1; 26:1; Jsh 5:14; 1S 25:28; 1Ch 12:22; 2Ch 14:14; Jb 6:9; 9:4; Ps 108:11; 2Th 1:9.
[14] Gn 35:5; Dt 2:25; Jsh 2:9, 24; 5:1; Jg 14:19; 1S 14:15; 2K 7:6, 7, 16; 2Ch 17:10; 20:25, 29; Jb 15:21; Ps 48:5; 68:12; Is 31:9; 33:23; Ro 8:37.
[15] Nu 31:9, 30; 1S 30:20; 1Ch 4:41; 5:21.


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