1So Aḇiyah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of Dawiḏ. And Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land rested ten years.
2And Asa did what was good and what was right in the eyes of יהוה his Elohim,
3and removed the altars of the stranger, and the high places, and broke down the pillars and cut down the Ashĕrim,
4and commanded Yehuḏah to seek יהוה Elohim of their fathers, and to do the Torah and the command.
5And he removed the high places and the sun-pillars from all the cities of Yehuḏah, and the reign rested under him.
6And he built cities of defence in Yehuḏah, since the land had rest and he had no fighting in those years, because יהוה had given him rest.
7And he said to Yehuḏah, “Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought יהוה our Elohim. We have sought, and He has given us rest all around.” So they built and prospered.
8And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand men from Yehuḏah bearing shields and spears, and from Binyamin two hundred and eighty thousand men bearing shields and drew bows. All of them were mighty brave men.
9And Zeraḥ the Kushite came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Marĕshah.
10And Asa went out against him, and they set battle in array in the Valley of Tsephathah at Marĕshah.
11And Asa called to יהוה his Elohim, and said, “יהוה, there is no one but You to help between the mighty and the powerless. Help us, O יהוה our Elohim, for we rest on You, and in Your Name we go against this crowd. O יהוה, You are our Elohim, do not let man prevail against You!”
12So יהוה smote the Kushites before Asa and Yehuḏah, and the Kushites fled.
13And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar. And the Kushites fell, until none was left alive for them, for they were broken before יהוה and His army. And they took very much spoil,
14and smote all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of יהוה came upon them. And they plundered all the cities, for there was exceedingly much spoil in them.
15And they also smote the camps of the herdsmen, and captured many sheep and camels, and returned to Yerushalayim.