Asa Reigns in Judah
So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then a Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years.
Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God,
for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and b the high places, and c broke down the sacred pillars d and cut down the wooden images.
He commanded Judah to e seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.
He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah, and the kingdom was quiet under him.
And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years, because the LORD had given him f rest.
Therefore he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities and make walls around them, 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 has given us rest on every side." So they built and prospered.
And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah who carried shields and spears, and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men who carried shields and drew g bows; all these were mighty men of h valor.
i Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to j Mareshah.
So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
And Asa k cried out to the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, it is l nothing for 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 m in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!"
So the LORD n struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to o Gerar. So the Ethiopians were overthrown, and they could not recover, for they were broken before the LORD and His army. And they carried away very much spoil.
Then they defeated all the cities around Gerar, for p the fear of the LORD came upon them; and they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoil in them.
They also attacked the livestock enclosures, and carried off sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
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1 Kings 15:8
So Abijam rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place.
1 Kings 15:14
But the high places were not removed. Nevertheless Asa's heart was loyal to the LORD all his days.
2 Chronicles 15:17
But the high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days.
But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images
1 Kings 11:7
Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 15:15
And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.
1 Chronicles 12:2
Armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benjamin, Saul's brethren.
2 Chronicles 13:3
Abijah set the battle in order with an army of valiant warriors, four hundred thousand choice men. Jeroboam also drew up in battle formation against him with eight hundred thousand choice men, mighty men of valor.
2 Chronicles 12:2
And it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD.
2 Chronicles 12:3
With twelve hundred chariots, sixty thousand horsemen, and people without number who came with him out of Egypt - the Lubim and the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians.
2 Chronicles 16:8
Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.
Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.
And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.
2 Chronicles 13:14
And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the LORD, and the priests sounded the trumpets.
They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
1 Samuel 14:6
Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or by few.
1 Samuel 17:45
Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
2 Chronicles 13:15
Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Gaza; then as you go toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.
And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.
And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were all around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.
No man shall be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.
And said to the men: "I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.
2 Chronicles 17:10
And the fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.