2 Chronicles 26 ©

Uzziah succeeds in the place of his father Amaziah, v. 1, etc. Reigns well in the days of Zechariah, 4. Obtains great victories over his enemies, 6. Furnishes the city of Jerusalem, and his own house, 9. Strengthens his kingdom with soldiers, arms and ingenious engines for war, 11. He transgresses in attempting to burn incense before the Lord, 16. For which he is punished with leprosy, 19. He dies, and Jotham, his son, reigns, 23.


THEN1a all the people of Judah took 2Uzziah, who was 3sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.


Heb built 4Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.


Sixteenc years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.


And he 5did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, 6according to all that his father Amaziah did.


And 7he sought God in the days of Zechariah, 8who had understanding 9in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.


And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of 10Gath, and the wall of 11Jabneh, and the wall of 12Ashdod, and built cities 13about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.


And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in 14Gur-baal, and the 15Mehunims.


And the 16Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and 17his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself 18exceedingly.


Moreover Uzziah built 19towers in Jerusalem at the 20corner gate, and at the 21valley gate, and at 22the turning of the wall, and fortified them.


Also he built 23towers in the desert, and digged many 24wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in 25Carmel: for he loved husbandry.


Moreover Uzziah had an 26host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account 27by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under 28the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.


The whole number of the 29chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.


And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made 30war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.


And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons,d and bows, and 31slings to cast stones.


And he made in Jerusalem 32engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. 33And his name spread far abroad; 34for he was marvellously helped, 35till he was strong.


¶But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went 36into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.


And Azariah the 37priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:


And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, 38It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the 39sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour 40from the LORD God.


41Then Uzziah was 42wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests 43in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.


And Azariah 44the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself 45hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.


Ande Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt 46in a several house, being a leper; for he was 47cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, 48judging the people of the land.


¶Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.


So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers 49in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.