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

1Then all 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 King Amaziah 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 just as all that his father Amaziah had done.
  5And he continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought Yahweh, God made him to prosper.

Uzziah’s Exploits

6He went out and battled 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 area of Ashdod and among the Philistines.
  7God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians who lived in Gur-baal, and against the Meunim.
  8The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah, and his famea spread as far as the border of Egypt, for he grew exceeding strong.
  9And 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 many cisterns, for he had much livestock in the Shephelah and also in the plain, and he had farmers and vineyard keepers in the mountains and in the fruitful fields, for he loved farming.

11And Uzziah had an army of fighting men who went out to war by divisions, according to the number of the ordering made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king’s commanders.
  12The whole number of the heads of fathers’ households, the mighty men of valor, was 2,600.
  13Under their authority was an army, 307,500 who made war with mighty power to help the king against the enemy.
  14Uzziah prepared for them—for all the army—shields, and spears, and helmets, and coats of mail, and bows, and stones for slinging.
  15In Jerusalem he made war machines designed by skillful men, to be on the towers and on the corners, for shooting arrows and large stones. His fame spread out far and wide, for he was wonderfully helped until he was strong.

Uzziah’s Disease

16But when he was strong his heart was lifted up to his destruction; and he was unfaithful to Yahweh his God and went into the Temple of Yahweh to burn incense on the altar of incense.
  17Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him were 80 priests of Yahweh who were valiant men,
  18and they stood up against 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 burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful, and you will have no honor from Yahweh God.”

19Then Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand to burn incense, became angry. But while he was angry at 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 at him and, behold, he was leprous on his forehead. So they thrust him out of there quickly, and also he hurried to go out, because Yahweh had struck him.
  21Uzziah the king was a leper to the day of his death and being a leper he lived in a separate house, 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, are recorded by Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.
  23So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son reigned in his place.

Lit. “name”

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