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.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)And he built fenced cities.—See 2Chronicles 11:5; 2Chronicles 12:4; and for the expression “had given him rest,” 2Samuel 7:1.2 Chronicles 14:6-7. He built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest — He wisely provided for war in the time of peace. The Lord had given him rest — Those have rest indeed to whom God gives rest; peace indeed to whom Christ gives peace. Asa takes notice of the rest they had as the gift of God, and the happy consequence of their seeking the Lord. Because we have sought the Lord, he hath given us rest on every side — Whatever rest we enjoy, whether of body or mind, of our family or country, God ought to be acknowledged with thankfulness as the author of it. For as the frowns and rebukes of Providence should be observed as a check to us in an evil way, so the smiles of Providence should be taken notice of for our encouragement in that which is good. 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.Leviticus 26:30 note.
6. he built fenced cities in Judah—(See on 1Ki 15:22).2 Chronicles 11:5.
for the land had rest; according to the Targum, the land of Israel rested, and gave no disturbance to the kingdom of Judah, not having recovered the blow given them by Abijah; but it is rather to be understood of the land of Judah, which, as it did not attempt the reduction of the ten tribes, so it was neither attacked by them, nor any other enemy: and he had no war in those years; in the ten years mentioned, 2 Chronicles 14:1, neither with Israel nor any other nation: because the Lord had given him rest; that he might be at leisure to do the above things; all rest is from the Lord, civil, spiritual, and eternal.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.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)6. in those years] Cp. 2 Chronicles 14:1.
6–8 (cp. 1 Kings 15:17-22). The Defensive Measures of Asa
According to 1 Kin., Asa being threatened by Baasha, king of Israel, secured himself a respite by inducing Ben-hadad of Syria with a heavy bribe to invade Baasha’s dominions. On the retirement of Israel Asa built himself two fortresses on his northern frontier to secure himself against Baasha. The Chronicler seems to be referring to the same occasion, but he says nothing of Baasha, nor of the intervention of Ben-hadad, and speaks of Asa building fortresses without mentioning their number.Verse 6. - He built fenced cities in Judah. Though it is not said so here, it is very probable that Asa did again the work of Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:5-12) which Shishak had done so much to undo (2 Chronicles 12:4, 5, 8).
13:23 (2 Chronicles 14:1). This is remarked here, because this rest was also a result of Abijah's great victory over Jeroboam.
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