14:9 Zerah the Cushite marched against them with an army of 1,000,000 1 men and 300 chariots. He arrived at Mareshah, 14:10 and Asa went out to oppose him. They deployed for battle in the Valley of Zephathah near Mareshah.
14:11 Asa prayed 2 to the Lord his God: “O Lord, there is no one but you who can help the weak when they are vastly outnumbered. 3 Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you and have marched on your behalf against this huge army. 4 O Lord our God, don’t let men prevail against you!” 5 14:12 The Lord struck down the Cushites before Asa and Judah. The Cushites fled, 14:13 and Asa and his army chased them as far as Gerar. The Cushites were wiped out; 6 they were shattered before the Lord and his army. The men of Judah 7 carried off a huge amount of plunder. 14:14 They defeated all the cities surrounding Gerar, for the Lord caused them to panic. 8 The men of Judah 9 looted all the cities, for they contained a huge amount of goods. 10 14:15 They also attacked the tents of the herdsmen in charge of the livestock. 11 They carried off many sheep and camels and then returned to Jerusalem. 12
1 tn Heb “a thousand thousands.”
2 tn Heb “called out.”
3 tn Heb “there is not with you to help between many with regard to [the one] without strength.”
4 tn Heb “and in your name we have come against this multitude.”
5 tn Heb “let not man retain [strength] with you.”
6 tn Heb “and there fell from the Cushites so that there was not to them preservation of life.”
7 tn Heb “they”; the referent (the men of Judah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
8 tn Heb “for the terror of the
9 tn Heb “they”; the referent (the men of Judah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
10 tn Heb “for great plunder was in them.”
11 tn Heb “and also they struck down the tents of the livestock.”