2 Chronicles 26:10

10 He also built towers in the wilderness 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.

Read 2 Chronicles 26:10 Using Other Translations

Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
And he built towers in the wilderness and cut out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.
He also constructed forts in the wilderness and dug many water cisterns, because he kept great herds of livestock in the foothills of Judah and on the plains. He was also a man who loved the soil. He had many workers who cared for his farms and vineyards, both on the hillsides and in the fertile valleys.

What does 2 Chronicles 26:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Chronicles 26:10

Also he built towers in the desert
In the desert of Arabia, to protect travellers from thieves and robbers, and particularly shepherds and their flocks, as appears by what follows; which a certain writer F16 thinks are the same which the Indians call pagodas; not such as served for temples, but were buildings encompassed with good walls, where flocks were gathered together in case of any alarm:

and digged many wells;
for the watering of the flocks, which in those hot and desert places were of great use:

for he had much cattle, both in the low country and in the plains;
both flocks and herds:

husbandmen also, and vinedressers in the mountains;
husbandmen to take care of the corn, and manure the land for that, and gather it when ripe; and vinedressers to prune the vines, and look after them; which were very often planted on mountains, and on which also corn grew, ( Psalms 72:16 )

and in Carmel;
a place in the tribe of Judah, where Nabal dwelt, ( 1 Samuel 25:2 ) or it may be put for any fruitful field:

for he loved husbandry;
not only the profit, but the exercise of it at times; and it was usual with great personages in the eastern countries to employ themselves in some such way; Saul after he was king attended the herd, ( 1 Samuel 11:5 ) , Mesha king of Moab was a sheep master, ( 2 Kings 3:4 ) , among the Romans, Quinctius Cincinnatus and Cato Major


FOOTNOTES:

F17 were great lovers of husbandry; and we read of one of the Chinese emperors that gave himself to husbandry, held the plough himself, broke the clods, and cast in the seed, to set an example to the whole empire F18. Another of their emperors gave himself wholly to husbandry F19; an other chose an husbandman for his successor, and who also encouraged husbandry F20.


F16 Agreement of Customs between the East Indians and Jews, art. 13. p. 61.
F17 In Cicero de Senectute.
F18 Martin. Sinic. Hist. l. 8. p. 326.
F19 Ib. l. 4. p. 92.
F20 Ib. l. 1. p. 29, 32.

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