26:6 Uzziah attacked 1 the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh, and Ashdod. He built cities in the region of Ashdod and throughout Philistine territory. 2 26:7 God helped him in his campaigns 3 against the Philistines, the Arabs living in Gur Baal, and the Meunites. 26:8 The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah and his fame reached 4 the border of Egypt, for he grew in power.
26:9 Uzziah built and fortified towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, Valley Gate, and at the Angle. 5 26:10 He built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the lowlands 6 and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, 7 for he loved agriculture. 8
26:11 Uzziah had an army of skilled warriors trained for battle. They were organized by divisions according to the muster rolls made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer under the authority of Hananiah, a royal official. 26:12 The total number of family leaders who led warriors was 2,600. 26:13 They commanded an army of 307,500 skilled and able warriors who were ready to defend 9 the king against his enemies. 26:14 Uzziah supplied shields, spears, helmets, breastplates, bows, and slingstones for the entire army. 26:15 In Jerusalem he made war machines carefully designed to shoot arrows and large stones from the towers and corners of the walls. He became very famous, for he received tremendous support and became powerful. 10
1 tn Heb “went out and fought.”
2 tn Heb “in Ashdod and among the Philistines.”
3 tn The words “in his campaigns” are supplied in the translation for clarity and for stylistic reasons
4 tn Heb “and his name went to.”
5 tn On the meaning of the Hebrew word מִקְצוֹעַ (miqtsoa’), see HALOT 628 s.v. עַ(וֹ)מִקְצֹ. The term probably refers to an “angle” or “corner” somewhere on the eastern wall of Jerusalem.
6 tn Heb “Shephelah.”
7 tn Heb “workers and vinedressers in the hills and in Carmel.” The words “he had” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
8 tn Heb “for a lover of the ground he [was].”
9 tn Heb “help.”
10 tn Heb “and his name went out to a distant place, for he did extraordinarily to be helped until he was strong.”