In the second year of Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel, Jotham son of Uzziah became king in Judah.
He was twenty-five years old when he became king and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok.
He acted well in God's eyes, following in the steps of his father Uzziah.
But he didn't interfere with the traffic to the neighborhood sex-and-religion shrines; they continued, as popular as ever. The construction of the High Gate to The Temple of God was his work.
The rest of the life and times of Jotham, the record of his work, is written in The Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
It was during these years that God began sending Rezin king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah to attack Judah.
Jotham died and joined his ancestors. They buried him in the family cemetery in the City of David. His son Ahaz was the next king.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)