2Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of Yahweh his God,
3because he took away the foreign altars and the shrines, and broke down the standing-stones, and cut down the Asherah poles,
4and commanded Judah to seek Yahweh, the God of their fathers, and to obey the law and the commandment.
5Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the shrines and the sun images, and the kingdom was quiet before him.
6He built fortified cities in Judah, because the land was quiet, and he did not have any war in those years because Yahweh had given him rest.
7For he said to Judah, “Let’s build these cities and make walls around them with towers, gates, and bars. The land is still ours because we have sought Yahweh our God; we have sought him, and he has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.
8Asa had an army of 300,000 men from Judah who carried large shields and spears, and 280,000 men from Benjamin who carried shields and bows. All these were mighty men of valor.
9However, Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of thousands upon thousands and 300 chariots, and he came to Mareshah.
10Then Asa went out against him, and they set up battle formations in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11Asa cried out to Yahweh his God and said, “Yahweh, there is none besides you to help the one who has no strength against the mighty. Help us, Yahweh our God, for we rely on you, and in your name are we come against this multitude. Yahweh, you are our God. Do not let man prevail against you.”
12So Yahweh struck the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.
13Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar, and there fell of the Ethiopians so many that they could not recover themselves, for they were broken before Yahweh and before his army. And Judaha carried away very much spoil.
14They struck all the cities around Gerar because the fear of Yahweh had come on those cities, and they plundered all the cities because there was much spoil in them.
15They also struck the tents of those who had livestock and carried away many sheep and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.