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2 Chronicles 14 COMMENTARY (Matthew Henry)
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2 Chronicles 14
Matthew Henry's Commentary
2 Chronicles 14:1
So Abijah 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.
14:1-15 Asa's piety, He strengthens his kingdom. - Asa aimed at pleasing God, and studied to approve himself to him. Happy those that walk by this rule, not to do that which is right in their own eyes, or in the eye of the world, but which is so in God's sight. We find by experience that it is good to seek the Lord; it gives us rest; while we pursue the world, we meet with nothing but vexation. Asa consulted with his people how to make a good use of the peace they enjoyed; and concluded with them that they must not be idle, nor secure. A formidable army of Ethiopians invaded Asa's kingdom. This evil came upon them, that their faith in God might be tried. Asa's prayer is short, but it is the real language of faith and expectation from God. When we go forth in God's name, we cannot but prosper, and all things work together for the good of those whom he favours.
2 Chronicles 14:2
And Asa did
that which was
good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:
2 Chronicles 14:3
For he took away the altars of the strange
, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:
2 Chronicles 14:4
And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.
2 Chronicles 14:5
Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
2 Chronicles 14:6
And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.
2 Chronicles 14:7
Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about
walls, and towers, gates, and bars,
yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought
, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.
2 Chronicles 14:8
And Asa had an army
that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these
mighty men of valour.
2 Chronicles 14:9
And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.
2 Chronicles 14:10
Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
2 Chronicles 14:11
And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD,
nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou
our God; let not man prevail against thee.
2 Chronicles 14:12
So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
2 Chronicles 14:13
And Asa and the people that
with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.
2 Chronicles 14:14
And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them.
2 Chronicles 14:15
They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
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