14:7 He said to the people of Judah: 1 “Let’s build these cities and fortify them with walls, towers, and barred gates. 2 The land remains ours because we have followed 3 the Lord our God and he has made us secure on all sides.” 4 So they built the cities 5 and prospered.
14:8 Asa had an army of 300,000 men from Judah, equipped with large shields and spears. He also had 280,000 men from Benjamin who carried small shields and were adept archers; they were all skilled warriors.
1 tn The words “the people of” are supplied in the translation for clarification. The Hebrew text uses the name “Judah” by metonymy for the people of Judah.
2 tn Heb “and we will surround [them] with wall[s] and towers, doors, and bars.”
3 tn Heb “sought.”
4 tn Heb “and he has given us rest all around.”
5 tn The words “the cities” are supplied in the translation for clarification and for stylistic reasons.