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2 Chronicles 14:1-15

14  Finally A·bi′jah lay down with his forefathers,+ and they buried him in the City of David;+ and A′sa+ his son began to reign in place of him. In his days the land had no disturbance+ for ten years.*  And A′sa proceeded to do what was good and right in the eyes of Jehovah his God.  So he removed the foreign altars*+ and the high places+ and broke up the sacred pillars+ and cut down the sacred poles.*+  Further, he said to Judah to search+ for Jehovah the God of their forefathers and to do the law+ and the commandment.+  Accordingly he removed from all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense stands;+ and the kingdom continued without disturbance+ before him.  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.+  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.+  And A′sa 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.  Later Ze′rah the E·thi·o′pi·an*+ went out against them with a military force of a million* men+ and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Ma·re′shah.+ 10  Then A′sa went out against him* and they drew up in battle formation in the valley of Zeph′a·thah at Ma·re′shah. 11  And A′sa 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·o′pi·ans before A′sa and before Judah, and the E·thi·o′pi·ans took to flight. 13  And A′sa and the people that were with him kept pursuing them as far as Ge′rar,+ and those of the E·thi·o′pi·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 Ge′rar, 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.


MLXX end chapter 13 here.
Lit., “the altars of a foreign (country).”
Or, “the Asherim.”
“Ethiopian,” LXXVg; M, “Cushite.”
Lit., “a thousand thousands.”
Lit., “in front of him,” M; Gr., eis sy·nan′te·sin au·toi′; Vgc(Lat.), ob′vi·am e′i. Compare Ge 10:9 ftn, “Opposition to.”
“Mortal man.” Heb., ʼenohsh′; Gr., an′thro·pos; Lat., ho′mo.