He went to war against the Philistines1 and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod.2 He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines.
God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs3 who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites.48
The Ammonites5 brought tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very powerful.
Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate,6 at the Valley Gate7 and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified them.
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 officials.
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.815
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 pride9 led to his downfall.10 He was unfaithful11 to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense12 on the altar of incense.