Asa rules Judah as king
2 Asa did things that pleased the Lord his God. 3 He removed the altars and other places where people worshipped foreign gods. He broke the stone pillars and he cut down the Asherah poles. 4 Asa commanded the people of Judah to worship the Lord, the God of their ancestors. He told them to obey God's law and his commands. 5 He removed the altars on the hills. He also removed the altars in all Judah's cities where people burned incense. There was peace in his kingdom while he ruled.
14:3The stone pillars were from the time before the Israelites came to the land of Canaan. They were places where people worshipped false gods.
6 While there was peace in the land, Asa made the cities of Judah strong and safe. No enemies fought wars against Judah during that time. The Lord gave Asa rest from any trouble.
7 Asa said to Judah's people, ‘We should build these towns and make them stronger. We must put walls around them, with towers and strong gates. Judah still belongs to us because we have obeyed the Lord our God. He has made us safe from our enemies all around us.’
So the people made these towns strong. Everything went well for them.