2 Chronicles Chapter 14 |
1Asa did what was good and pleasing to the Lord his God. 2He abolished the alien altars and shrines; he smashed the pillars and cut down the sacred posts. 3He ordered Judah to turn to the Lord God of their fathers and to observe the Teaching and the Commandment. 4He abolished the shrines and the incense stands throughout the cities of Judah, and the kingdom was untroubled under him. 5He built fortified towns in Judah, since the land was untroubled and he was not engaged in warfare during those years, for the Lord had granted him respite. 6He said to Judah, “Let us build up these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars, while the land is at our disposal because we turned to the Lord our God—we turned [to Him] and He gave us respite on all sides.” They were successful in their building.
7Asa had an army of 300,000 men from Judah bearing shields and spears, and 280,000 from Benjamin bearing bucklers and drawing the bow; all these were valiant men. 8Zerah the Cushite marched out against them with an army of a thousand thousand and 300 chariots. When he reached Mareshah 9Asa confronted him, and the battle lines were drawn in the valley of Zephat by Mareshah. 10Asa called to the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, it is all the same to You to help the numerous and the powerless. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on You, and in Your name we have come against this great multitude. You are the Lord our God. Let no mortal hinder You.” 11So the Lord routed the Cushites before Asa and Judah, and the Cushites fled. 12Asa and the army with him pursued them as far as Gerar. Many of the Cushites fell wounded beyond recovery, for they broke before the Lord and His camp. Very much spoil was taken. 13All the cities in the vicinity of Gerar were ravaged, for a terror of the Lord seized them. All the cities were plundered, and they yielded much booty. 14They also ravaged the encampment of herdsmen, capturing much sheep and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.