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Go to Commentary on 2 Chr 26
Judah’s King Uzziah

1All the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was 16 years old, and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah.
  2He built Eloth and restored it to Judah after his father the king slept with his fathers.

3Uzziah was 16 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 52 years in Jerusalem, and his mother’s name was Jechiliah of Jerusalem.
  4He did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh according to all that his father Amaziah had done.
  5He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the vision of God, and as long as he sought Yahweh, God made him to prosper.

Uzziah’s Exploits

6He went forth and warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the country of Ashdod and among the Philistines.
  7God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabians who lived in Gur Baal, and the Meunim.
  8The Ammonites gave tribute to Uzziah, and his name spread abroad even to the entrance of Egypt, for he grew exceeding strong.
  9Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate and at the valley gate and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.
  10He built towers in the wilderness and dug out many cisterns, for he had much livestock, in the lowland also and in the plain, and he had farmers and vineyard keepers in the mountains and in the fruitful fields, for he loved farming.

11Moreover Uzziah had an army of fighting men who went out to war by bands, according to the number of their reckoning made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king’s captains.
  12The whole number of the heads of fathers’ households, even the mighty men of valor, was 2,600.
  13Under their hand was an army, 307,500 who made war with mighty power to help the king against the enemy.
  14Uzziah prepared for them, even for all the army, shields, and spears, and helmets, and coats of mail, and bows, and stones for slinging.
  15He made in Jerusalem engines invented by skillful men to be on the towers and on the corners, with which to shoot arrows and great stones. His name spread far abroad, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong.

Uzziah’s Disease

16But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up so that he did corruptly, and he trespassed against Yahweh his God because he went into Yahweh’s temple to burn incense on the altar of incense.
  17Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him eighty priests of Yahweh who were valiant men,
  18and they resisted Uzziah the king and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Yahweh, but for the priests the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to turn incense into smoke-perfume. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed, and it will not be for your honor from Yahweh God.”

19Then Uzziah was angry, and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, but while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of Yahweh beside the altar of incense.
  20Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked on him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead, and they thrust him out quickly from there; yes, he himself also hurried to go out, because Yahweh had struck him.
  21Uzziah the king was a leper to the day of his death and lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of Yahweh; and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.

22Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, wrote.
  23So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” Jotham his son reigned in his place.

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