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Uzziah Succeeds Amaziah in Judah

1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen * years old, and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah.

References for 2 Chronicles 26:1

    • a 26:1 - In 2 Kin 14:21, "Azariah"
      2 He built Eloth and restored it to Judah after the king slept with his fathers.
      3 Uzziah was 1sixteen * years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Jechiliah of Jerusalem.

      References for 2 Chronicles 26:3

        • b 26:3 - In 2 Kin 15:2, "Jecoliah"
          4 He did right in the sight of the LORD according to all that his father Amaziah had done.
          5 2He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, 3who had understanding through the vision of God; and 4as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him.

          References for 2 Chronicles 26:5

            • c 26:5 - Many mss read "in the fear of God"
            • d 26:5 - Lit "in the days of his seeking"

              Uzziah Succeeds in War

              6 Now he went out and 5warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod; and he built cities in the area of Ashdod and among the Philistines.

              References for 2 Chronicles 26:6

              7 6God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians who lived in Gur-baal, and the Meunites.

              References for 2 Chronicles 26:7

              8 The Ammonites also gave 7tribute to Uzziah, and his fame extended to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong.

              References for 2 Chronicles 26:8

                • e 26:8 - Lit "name went to the entering of Egypt"
                  9 Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at 8the Corner Gate and at the 9Valley Gate and at the corner buttress and fortified them.

                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:9

                  10 He built towers in the wilderness and 10hewed many cisterns, for he had much livestock, both in the lowland and in the plain. He also had plowmen and vinedressers in the hill country and the fertile fields, for he loved the soil.

                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:10

                  11 Moreover, Uzziah had an army ready for battle, which entered combat by divisions according to the number of their muster, prepared by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the official, under the direction of Hananiah, one of the king's officers.

                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:11

                    • g 26:11 - Lit "goes out to"
                    • h 26:11 - Lit "by the hand of"
                      12 The total number of the heads of the households, of valiant warriors, was 2,600 *.

                      References for 2 Chronicles 26:12

                        • i 26:12 - Lit "fathers"
                          13 Under their direction was an elite army of 307,500 * * * * * *, who could wage war with great power, to help the king against the enemy.

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                          14 Moreover, Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, body armor, bows and sling stones.

                          References for 2 Chronicles 26:14

                            • k 26:14 - Lit "for them, for all"
                              15 In Jerusalem he made engines of war invented by skillful men to be on the towers and on the corners for the purpose of shooting arrows and great stones. Hence his fame spread afar *, for he was marvelously helped until * he was strong.

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                                  Pride Is Uzziah's Undoing

                                  16 But 11when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for 12he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

                                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:16

                                  17 Then 13Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the LORD, valiant men.

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                                  18 14They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, "15It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, 16but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the LORD God."

                                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:18

                                  19 But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, 17the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside * the altar of incense.

                                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:19

                                  20 Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead; and they hurried him out of there, and he himself also hastened to get out because the LORD had smitten him.
                                  21 18King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in 19a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king's house judging the people of the land.

                                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:21

                                  22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first to last, the prophet 20Isaiah, the son of Amoz, has written.

                                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:22

                                  23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers 21in the field of the grave which belonged to the kings, for they said, "He is a leper." And Jotham his son became king in his place.

                                  References for 2 Chronicles 26:23