2 Chronicles 26
- Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah,
who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah.
- He was the one who rebuilt Elath and restored
it to Judah after Amaziah rested with his fathers.
- Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became
king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother's name was Jecoliah;
she was from Jerusalem.
- He did what was right in the eyes of the
LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done.
- He sought God during the days of Zechariah,
who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God
gave him success.
- He went to war against the Philistines and
broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. He then rebuilt towns near
Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines.
- God helped him against the Philistines and
against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites.
- The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah,
and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very
- Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the
Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified
- He also built towers in the desert and dug
many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain.
He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile
lands, for he loved the soil.
- Uzziah had a well-trained army, ready to
go out by divisions according to their numbers as mustered by Jeiel the secretary
and Maaseiah the officer under the direction of Hananiah, one of the royal
- The total number of family leaders over
the fighting men was 2,600.
- Under their command was an army of 307,500
men trained for war, a powerful force to support the king against his enemies.
- Uzziah provided shields, spears, helmets,
coats of armor, bows and slingstones for the entire army.
- In Jerusalem he made machines designed by
skillful men for use on the towers and on the corner defenses to shoot arrows
and hurl large stones. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped
until he became powerful.
- But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride
led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the
temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
- Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous
priests of the LORD followed him in.
- They confronted him and said, "It is
not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests,
the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave
the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by
the LORD God."
- Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready
to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their
presence before the incense altar in the LORD'S temple, leprosy broke out
on his forehead.
- When Azariah the chief priest and all the
other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead,
so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because the
LORD had afflicted him.
- King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he
died. He lived in a separate house -- leprous, and excluded from the temple
of the LORD. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people
of the land.
- The other events of Uzziah's reign, from
beginning to end, are recorded by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.
- Uzziah rested with his fathers and was buried
near them in a field for burial that belonged to the kings, for people said,
"He had leprosy." And Jotham his son succeeded him as king.