2 Chronicles 14:1-15, NLT
2 Chronicles 14
Early Years of Asa’s Reign
1*14:1 Verse 14:1 is numbered 13:23 in Hebrew text.When Abijah died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Asa became the next king. There was peace in the land for ten years.
7Asa told the people of Judah, “Let us build towns and fortify them with walls, towers, gates, and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they went ahead with these projects and brought them to completion.
8King Asa had an army of 300,000 warriors from the tribe of Judah, armed with large shields and spears. He also had an army of 280,000 warriors from the tribe of Benjamin, armed with small shields and bows. Both armies were composed of well-trained fighting men.
9Once an Ethiopian*14:9a Hebrew a Cushite. named Zerah attacked Judah with an army of 1,000,000 men*14:9b Or an army of thousands and thousands; Hebrew reads an army of a thousand thousands. and 300 chariots. They advanced to the town of Mareshah,
12So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians*14:12 Hebrew Cushites; also in 14:13. in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled.
14While they were at Gerar, they attacked all the towns in that area, and terror from the Lord came upon the people there. As a result, a vast amount of plunder was taken from these towns, too.