Then all the people of Judah1 took Uzziah,a 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 fearb of God.2 As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success.36
He went to war against the Philistines4 and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod.5 He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines.