14 Finally A·biʹjah lay down with his forefathers,+ and they buried him in the City of David;+ and Aʹsa+ his son began to reign in place of him. In his days the land had no disturbance+ for ten years.*
2 And Aʹsa proceeded to do what was good and right in the eyes of Jehovah his God. 3 So he removed the foreign altars*+ and the high places+ and broke up the sacred pillars+ and cut down the sacred poles.*+ 4 Further, he said to Judah to search+ for Jehovah the God of their forefathers and to do the law+ and the commandment.+ 5 Accordingly he removed from all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense stands;+ and the kingdom continued without disturbance+ before him. 6 And he went on to build fortified cities in Judah,+ for the land had no disturbance; and there was no war against him during these years, for Jehovah gave him rest.+ 7 So he said to Judah: “Let us build these cities and make walls+ around and towers,+ double doors and bars.+ For us the land is yet available, because we have searched for Jehovah our God.+ We have searched, and he gives us rest all around.”+ And they went building and proving successful.+
8 And Aʹsa came to have a military force bearing the large shield+ and lance,+ three hundred thousand out of Judah.+ And out of Benjamin those bearing the buckler and bending the bow+ were two hundred and eighty thousand.+ All these were valiant, mighty men.
9 Later Zeʹrah the E·thi·oʹpi·an*+ went out against them with a military force of a million* men+ and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Ma·reʹshah.+ 10 Then Aʹsa went out against him* and they drew up in battle formation in the valley of Zephʹa·thah at Ma·reʹshah. 11 And Aʹsa began to call to Jehovah his God+ and say: “O Jehovah, as to helping, it does not matter with you whether there are many or [those with] no power.+ Help us, O Jehovah our God, for upon you we do lean,+ and in your name+ we have come against this crowd. O Jehovah, you are our God.+ Do not let mortal man* retain strength against you.”+
12 At that Jehovah defeated+ the E·thi·oʹpi·ans before Aʹsa and before Judah, and the E·thi·oʹpi·ans took to flight. 13 And Aʹsa and the people that were with him kept pursuing them as far as Geʹrar,+ and those of the E·thi·oʹpi·ans continued falling down till there was no one alive of them; for they were broken to pieces before Jehovah+ and before his camp.+ Afterward they carried off a very great deal of spoil.+ 14 Further, they struck all the cities round about Geʹrar, for the dread+ of Jehovah had come to be upon them; and they went plundering all the cities, for there happened to be much to plunder in them.+ 15 And even the tents+ with livestock they struck so that they took captive+ flocks in great number and camels,+ after which they returned to Jerusalem.