1 All the people of Yehudah took `Uzziyah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amatzyah.
2 He built Elot, and restored it to Yehudah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
3 Sixteen years old was `Uzziyah when he began to reign; and he reigned fifty-two years in Yerushalayim: and his mother's name was Yekholyah, of Yerushalayim.
4 He did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that his father Amatzyah had done.
5 He set himself to seek God in the days of Zekharyah, who had understanding in the vision of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
6 He went forth and warred against the Pelishtim, and broke down the wall of Gat, and the wall of Yavneh, and the wall of Ashdod; and he built cities in [the country of] Ashdod, and among the Pelishtim.
7 God helped him against the Pelishtim, and against the `Aravi'im who lived in Gur-Ba`al, and the Me`unim.
8 The `Ammonim gave tribute to `Uzziyah: and his name spread abroad even to the entrance of Mitzrayim; for he grew exceeding strong.
9 Moreover `Uzziyah built towers in Yerushalayim at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning [of the wall], and fortified them.
10 He built towers in the wilderness, and hewed out many cisterns, for he had much cattle; in the lowland also, and in the plain: [and he had] farmers and vineyard keepers in the mountains and in the fruitful fields; for he loved farming.
11 Moreover `Uzziyah had an army of fighting men, who went out to war by bands, according to the number of their reckoning made by Ye`i'el the Sofer and Ma`aseyah the officer, under the hand of Hananyah, one of the king's captains.
12 The whole number of the heads of fathers' [houses], even the mighty men of valor, was two thousand and six hundred.
13 Under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, who made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
14 `Uzziyah prepared for them, even for all the host, shields, and spears, and helmets, and coats of mail, and bows, and stones for slinging.
15 He made in Yerushalayim engines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and on the battlements, with which to shoot arrows and great stones. His name spread far abroad; for he was marvelously helped, until he was strong.
16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up, so that he did corruptly, and he trespassed against the LORD his God; for he went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
17 `Azaryah the Kohen went in after him, and with him eighty Kohanim of the LORD, who were valiant men:
18 and they withstood `Uzziyah the king, and said to him, It pertains not to you, `Uzziyah, to burn incense to the LORD, but to the Kohanim the sons of Aharon, who are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for you have trespassed; neither shall it be for your honor from the LORD God.
19 Then `Uzziyah was angry; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense; and while he was angry with the Kohanim, the leprosy broke forth in his forehead before the Kohanim in the house of the LORD, beside the altar of incense.
20 `Azaryah the chief Kohen, and all the Kohanim, looked on him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out quickly from there; yes, himself hurried also to go out, because the LORD had struck him.
21 `Uzziyah the king was a leper to the day of his death, and lived in a separate house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Yotam his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of `Uzziyah, first and last, did Yesha`yahu the prophet, the son of Amotz, write.
23 So `Uzziyah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Yotam his son reigned in his place.