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2 Chronicles 14

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 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 And Asa did what 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 broke 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 He also took away the high places and the images from of all the cities of Judah, and the kingdom was quiet before him.

 6 He built walled cities in Judah. The land had rest, and he had no war in those years because the LORD had given him rest.

 7 Therefore he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities with walls around them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is still secure. Secure 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 Asa had an army from Judah of three hundred thousand men who bore shields and spears, and from Benjamin two hundred eighty thousand who bore shields and drew bows; all these were mighty men of valor.

 9 Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots came to Mareshah to war against Judah.

 10 Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

 11 Asa cried to 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 rest on you, and in your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God, let no man prevail against you."

 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 to Gerar;1 and the Ethiopians were overthrown so that they could not recover themselves so that they were destroyed before the LORD and before his host; and they carried away great quantities of plunder.

 14 And they struck all the cities round about Gerar for the fear of the LORD came upon them; and they plundered all the cities for there was great quantities of spoil to be plundered.

 15 They also struck the cattle herders' quarters, carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and then returned to Jerusalem.

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1 Gerar was a Philistine town and district in what is today south-central Israel. It was not Ethiopia.


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