1 And when Abijah was laid to sleep with his fathers, they buried him in the city of David, and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In whose days the land was quiet ten years.
2 And Asa did that was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God, 3 and took away the altars of strangers and the hill altars, and brake the Images and cut down the groves, 4 and commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do according to the law and commandment. 5 And he put away out of all the cities of Judah, the hill altars and the idols: for the kingdom was quiet before him.
6 And he built strong cities in Judah: because the land was in rest, and he had no war in those year. For the LORD had given him rest. 7 And therefore he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities and compass them with walls and towers, gates and bars, while we have the land quiet. For we have sought the LORD our God: and because we have sought him, he hath given us rest on every side." And so they built and prospered.
8 And Asa had an army that bare shield and spear, out of Judah three hundred thousand, and out of Benjamin that bare shield and drew bows two hundred and eighty thousand, and were all strong men. 9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an Host of ten hundred thousand, and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. 10 And Asa went out to him, and they put in array to battle in the valley of Zephathah beside Mareshah.
11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God and said, "LORD, it is all one with thee to help them that have no power, with few or with many: help us O LORD our God, for we trust to thee, and in thine name be come against this multitude. Thou art the LORD our God: let not man prevail against thee."
12 And the LORD smote the black Moors before Asa and Judah, that they fled. 13 And Asa, and the people that was with him, followed after them as far as Gerar. And the black Moors were overthrown, that there bode none alive of them, but were destroyed of the LORD and of his Host. And they carried away a mighty great prey. 14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar. For the fear of the LORD came upon them. And they robbed all the cities, for there was exceeding much to be robbed in them. 15 And thereto they smote the tents of cattle and carried away plenty of sheep and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.