14:3 For he took away the altars of the strange [gods], and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the a groves:
(a) Which were planted contrary to the Law, (Deuteronomy
14:5 Also he took away
out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom
was b quiet before him.
(b) He shows that the rest and quietness of
kingdoms stands in abolishing idolatry and advancing true religion.
14:7 Therefore he
said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about [them] walls, and
towers, gates, and bars, [while] the land [is] yet c
before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought [him], and he
hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.
(c) While we have the full government of it.
14:9 And there came
out against them Zerah the d Ethiopian
with an host of a million, and three hundred chariots; and came unto e
(d) The king of Ethiopia, or Egypt.
(e) Which was a city in Judah, (Joshua
15:44) where Michaiah the prophet was born.
14:11 And Asa cried unto
the LORD his God, and said, LORD, [it is] 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 [art] our
God; f let not man prevail against thee.
(f) Thus the children of God neither trust in
their own power or policy, nor fear the strength and subtilty of their
enemies, but consider the cause and see whether their enterprises tend to
God's glory, and thereupon assure themselves of the victory by him, who
alone is Almighty and can turn all flesh into dust with the breath of his
And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the g
fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was
exceeding much spoil in them.
(g) The Lord had stricken them with fear.