Now Asa, the king of Jerusalem, was of an excellent character, and
had a regard to God, and neither did nor designed any thing but what had
relation to the observation of the laws. He made a reformation of his kingdom,
and cut off whatsoever was wicked therein, and purified it from every impurity.
Now he had an army of chosen men that were armed with targets and spears;
out of the tribe of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of the tribe
of Benjamin, that bore shields and drew bows, two hundred and fifty thousand.
But when he had already reigned ten years, Zerah, king of Ethiopia, 1
made an expedition against him, with a great army, of nine hundred thousand
footmen, and one hundred thousand horsemen, and three hundred chariots,
and came as far as Mareshah, a city that belonged to the tribe of Judah.
Now when Zerah had passed so far with his own army, Asa met him, and put
his army in array over against him, in a valley called Zephathah, not far
from the city; and when he saw the multitude of the Ethiopians, he cried
out, and besought God to give him the victory, and that he might kill many
ten thousands of the enemy: "For," said he, 2
"I depend on nothing else but that assistance which I expect from
thee, which is able to make the fewer superior to the more numerous, and
the weaker to the stronger; and thence it is alone that I venture to meet
Zerah, and fight him."