The Reign Of Asa In Judah

1 Kings 15:9-24

9 Now, in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, began Asa to reign as king of Judah; 10 and, forty-one years, reigned he in Jerusalem, - and, the name of his mother, was Maachah, daughter of Abishalom.

11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, - like David his father; 12 and he put away the male devotees out of the land, - and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 Moreover also, even Maachah his mother, he removed from being queen, because she had made a monstrous thing to the Sacred Stem, - and Asa cut down her monstrous thing and burned it in the Kidron ravine. 14 But, the high places, removed he not, - nevertheless, the heart of Asa, was blameless with Yahweh, all his days. 15 And he brought in the hallowed things of his father, and his own hallowed things, into the house of Yahweh, - silver and gold, and vessels.

16 And there was, war, between Asa and Baasha king of Israel, all their days. 17 And Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, - so as not to suffer any one to come out or go in unto Asa king of Judah. 18 So Asa took all the silver and the gold, that were left in the treasuries of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the house of the king, and delivered them into the hand of his servants, - and King Asa sent them unto Ben-hadad, son of Tabrimmon, son of Hezion, king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying: 19 Let there be a covenant between me and thee, as between my father and thy father: Lo! I have sent thee a gift, silver and gold, Come break thy covenant with Baasha, king of Israel, that he may go up from against me.

20 So Ben-hadad hearkened unto King Asa, and sent the generals of the forces which he had, against the cities of Israel, and smote Iyyohn Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-beth-maacah, - and all Chinneroth, against all the land of Naphtali. 21 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, he left off building Ramah, - and returned to Tirzah. 22 And, King Asa, published it unto all Judah, none was exempted, so they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the beams thereof, wherewith Baasha had built, - and King Asa built therewith Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.

23 Now, the rest of all the story of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did and the cities which he built, are, they, not written in the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? Howbeit, in the time of his old age, he was diseased in his feet. 24 So then Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers, in the city of David his father, - and, Jehoshaphat his son, reigned, in his stead.

2 Chronicles 14:1-15

1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and Asa his son reigned in iris stead, - in his days, the land rested ten years.

2 And Asa did that which was good and that which was right, in the eyes of Yahweh his God; 3 and took away the foreign altars, and the high places, - and brake in pieces the pillars, and cut in twain the Sacred Stems; 4 and bade Judah seek Yahweh, God of their fathers,-and execute the law, and the commandment; 5 and removed from all the cities of Judah, the high places, and the sun-images, - and the kingdom became quiet before him.

6 And he built cities of defence, in Judah, - for the land had quiet, nor was there near him any war, in these years, because Yahweh had given him rest. 7 Therefore said he to Judah, Let us build these cities, and let us surround them with walls and towers, doors and bars, while the land is yet before us, for we have sought Yahweh our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built, and prospered.

8 And it came to pass that, Asa, had a force bearing shield and spear, out of Judah, three hundred thousand, and, out of Benjamin, such as bare a buckler and trode a bow, two hundred and eighty thousand, - all these, were heroes of valour. 9 Then came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian, with a force of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots, - and he came as far as Mareshah. 10 And Asa went out to meet him, - and they set in array for battle, in the valley of Zaphonah, at Mareshah.

11 Then Asa cried out unto Yahweh his God, and said, O Yahweh, it is, nothing with thee, to help whether with many or with such as have no strength. Help us, O Yahweh our God, for, on thee, do we lean, and, in thy name, have we come against this multitude, - O Yahweh! our God, thou art, let not, weak man, have power against thee.

12 So Yahweh smote the Ethiopians, before Asa, and before Judah, - and the Ethiopians fled. 13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued as far as to Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell, so that there was no way for them to recover, for they were routed before Yahweh, and before him host, - and they carried away exceeding much spoil. 14 And they smote all the cities round shout Gerar, for the dread of Yahweh was upon them, - and they plundered all the cities, for, great plunder, was there in them. 15 Moreover also, the tents of the cattle, they smote, - and carried off sheep in abundance, and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.