14:1¤ And Abia slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead: in his days the land was quiet ten years.
14:2And Asa did that which was good and pleasing in the sight of his God, and he destroyed the altars of foreign worship, and the high places.
14:3And broke the statues, and cut down the groves.
14:4And he commanded Juda to seek the Lord the God of their fathers, and to do the law, and all the commandments.
14:5And he took away out of all the cities of Juda the altars, and temples, and reigned in peace.
14:6He built also strong cities in Juda, for he was quiet, and there had no wars risen in his time, the Lord giving peace.
14:7And he said to Juda: Let us build these cities, and compass them with walls, and fortify them with towers, and gates, and bars, while all is quiet from wars, because we have sought the Lord the God of our fathers, and he hath given us peace round about. So they built, and there was no hinderance in building.
14:8And Asa had in his army of men that bore shields and spears of Juda three hundred thousand, and of Benjamin that bore shields and drew bows, two hundred and eighty thousand, all these were most valiant men.
14:9And Zara the Ethiopian came out against them with his army of ten hundred thousand men, and with three hundred chariots: and he came as far as Maresa.
14:10And Asa went out to meet him, and set his army in array for battle in the vale of Sephata, which is near Maresa:
14:11And he called upon the Lord God, and said: Lord, there is no difference with thee, whether thou help with few, or with many: help us, O Lord our God: for with confidence in thee, and in thy name we are come against this multitude. O Lord thou art our God, let not man prevail against thee.
14:12And the Lord terrified the Ethiopians before Asa and Juda: and the Ethiopians fled.
14:13And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them to Gerara: and the Ethiopians fell even to utter destruction, for the Lord slew them, and his army fought against them, and they were destroyed. And they took abundance of spoils,
14:14And they took all the cities round about Gerara: for a great fear was come upon all men: and they pillaged the cities, and carried off much booty.
14:15And they destroyed the sheepcotes, and took an infinite number of cattle, and of camels: and returned to Jerusalem.
15:1¤ And the spirit of God came upon Azarias the son of Oded,
15:2And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: Hear ye me, Asa, and all Juda and Benjamin: The Lord is with you, because you have been with him. If you seek him, you shall find: but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
15:3And many days shall pass in Israel, without the true God, and without a priest a teacher, and without the law.
15:4And when in their distress they shall return to the Lord the God of Israel, and shall seek him, they shall find him.
15:5At that time there shall be no peace to him that goeth out and cometh in, but terrors on every side among all the inhabitants of the earth.
15:6For nation shall fight against nation, and city against city, for the Lord will trouble them with all distress.
15:7Do you therefore take courage, and let not your hands be weakened: for there shall be a reward for your work.
15:8And when Asa had heard the words, and the prophecy of Azarias the son of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and took away the idols out of all the land of Juda, and out of Benjamin, and out of the cities of mount Ephraim, which he had taken, and he dedicated the altar of the Lord, which was before the porch of the Lord.
15:9And he gathered together all Juda and Benjamin, and the strangers with them of Ephraim, and Manasses, and Simeon: for many were come over to him out of Israel, seeing that the Lord his God was with him.
15:10And when they were come to Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa,
15:11They sacrificed to the Lord in that day of the spoils, and of the prey, that they had brought, seven hundred oxen, and seven thousand rams.
15:12And he went in to confirm as usual the covenant, that they should seek the Lord the God of their fathers with all their heart, and with all their soul.
15:13And if any one, said he, seek not the Lord the God of Israel, let him die, whether little or great, man or woman.
15:14And they swore to the Lord with a loud voice with joyful shouting, and with sound of trumpet, and sound of cornets,
15:15All that were in Juda with a curse: for with all their heart they swore, and with all their will they sought him, and they found him, and the Lord gave them rest round about.
15:16Moreover Maacha the mother of king Asa he deposed from the royal authority, because she had made in a grove an idol of Priapus: and he entirely destroyed it, and breaking it into pieces, burnt it at the torrent Cedron.
15:17But high places were left in Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
15:18And the things which his father had vowed, and he himself had vowed, he brought into the house of the Lord, gold and silver, and vessels of divers uses.
15:19And there was no war unto the five and thirtieth year of the kingdom of Asa.
16:2Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord, and of the king's treasures, and sent to Benadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying:
16:3There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father, wherefore I have sent thee silver and gold, that thou mayst break thy league with Baasa king of Israel, and make him depart from me.
16:4And when Benadad heard this, he sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel: and they took Ahion, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the walled cities of Nephtali.
16:5And when Baasa heard of it, he left off the building of Rama, and interrupted his work.
16:6Then king Asa took all Juda, and they carried away from Rama the stones, and the timber that Baasa had prepared for the building: and he built with them Gabaa, and Maspha.
16:7At that time Hanani the prophet came to Asa king of Juda, and said to him: Because thou hast had confidence in the king of Syria, and not in the Lord thy God, therefore hath the army of the king of Syria escaped out of thy hand.
16:8Were not the Ethiopians, and the Libyans much more numerous in chariots, and horsemen, and an exceeding great multitude: yet because thou trustedst in the Lord, he delivered them into thy hand?
16:9For the eyes of the Lord behold all the earth, and give strength to those who with a perfect heart trust in him. Wherefore thou hast done foolishly, and for this cause from this time wars shall arise against thee.
16:10And Asa was angry with the seer, and commanded him to be put in prison: for he was greatly enraged because of this thing: and he put to death many of the people at that time.
16:11But the works of Asa the first and last are written in the book of the kings of Juda and Israel.
16:12And Asa fell sick in the nine and thirtieth year of his reign, of a most violent pain in his feet, and yet in his illness he did not seek the Lord, but rather trusted in the skill of physicians.
16:13And he slept with his fathers: and he died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
16:14And they buried him in his own sepulchre, which he had made for himself in the city of David: and they laid him on his bed full of spices and odoriferous ointments, which were made by the art of the perfumers, and they burnt them over him with very great pomp.