2 Chronicles 14: Asa
king of Judah
Notes: Asa follows on as the next king of Judah and returns
the nation to the Lord, strengthens the land, and builds up a
strong army. When the Cushites come to attack him, he calls on
the Lord and the Lord gave him victory over the Cushites.]
Asa follows Abijah as Judah's next king
Abijah rested with his ancestors and was buried
in the City of David. Asa his son succeeded
him as king, and in his days the country was at peace for ten
Asa returns the nation to the Lord
did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord
the foreign altars and the high places, [ii] smashed
the sacred stones and [iii] cut
down the Asherah poles.
Judah to seek the Lord,
the God of their ancestors, and [v]
to obey his laws and commands.
the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and
the kingdom was at peace under him.
Asa strengthens the cities of Judah
built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at
peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the
gave him rest.
us build up these towns,' he said to Judah, ‘and put walls round
them, with towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because
we have sought the Lord
our God; we
sought him and he has given us rest on every side.' So they built
Asa has a strong army
had an army of three hundred thousand men from
Judah, equipped with large shields and with spears, and
two hundred and eighty thousand from Benjamin,
armed with small shields and with bows. All these were brave fighting
Asa's army is confronted by a Cushite enemy [ thought to be
from Egypt ]
the Cushite marched out against them with an army of thousands
upon thousands and three hundred chariots, and came as far as
went out to meet him, and they took up battle positions in the
Valley of Zephathah near Mareshah.
So Asa called on the Lord
Asa called to the Lord
his God and
said, ‘ Lord,
there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty.
Help us, Lord
our God, for
we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast
you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.'
The Lord gave them victory over the Cushites
struck down the Cushites before Asa and Judah. The Cushites fled,
Asa and his army pursued them as far as Gerar. Such a great number
of Cushites fell that they could not recover; they were crushed
before the Lord
and his forces.
The men of Judah carried off a large amount of plunder.
Moreover they cleared all of the enemy's area
destroyed all the villages around Gerar, for the terror of the
had fallen on them. They looted all these villages, since there
was much plunder there.
also attacked the camps of the herdsmen and carried off droves
of sheep and goats and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.