And all the people of Judah took Azariah
Called Uzziah in the next chapter, and so in the book of Chronicles; both names signifying much the same, the one "the help of the Lord", the other "the strength of the Lord":
(which was sixteen years old;)
yet as he began to reign in the twenty seventh year of Jeroboam, ( 2 Kings 15:1 ) and Jeroboam began to reign in the fifteenth yaer of Amaziah, ( 2 Kings 14:23 ) , he could be but four years of age, for the solution of which, (See Gill on 2 Kings 15:1):
and made him king instead of his father Amaziah;
which was after his death, and not when he fled to Lachish, as Kimchi thinks.