2Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of Yahweh his God,
3for he took away the foreign altars and the shrines, and broke down the standing stone, and cut down the Asherah poles,
4and commanded Judah to seek Yahweh, the God of their fathers, and to do 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; for the land was quiet, and he had no war in those years because Yahweh had given him rest.
7For he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and make walls around them, with towers, gates, and bars. The land is yet before us, 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 that carried bucklers and spears, out of Judah 300,000, and out of Benjamin, that bore shields and drew bows, 280,000: all these were mighty men of valor.
9There came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an army of a 1,000,000 troops and 300 chariots; and he came to Mareshah.
10Then Asa went out to meet 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, between the mighty and him who has no strength. 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 destroyed before Yahweh and before his army. And they carried away very much booty.
14They struck all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of Yahweh came on them; and they despoiled all the cities, for there was much spoil in them.
15They struck also the tents of livestock and carried away sheep in abundance, and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.