2 Chronicles 26:16-21

Uzziah's Pride and Punishment

16 But when 1he was strong, 2he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
17 But 3Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the LORD who were men of valor,
18 and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, 4"It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, 5but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the LORD God."
19 Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, 6leprosy[a] broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the LORD, by the altar of incense.
20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the LORD had struck him.
21 7And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper lived 8in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king's household, governing the people of the land.

2 Chronicles 26:16-21 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 CHRONICLES 26

This chapter relates the good reign of Uzziah, 2Ch 26:1-5, his wars and victories, his buildings, the number of his soldiers, and his military stores, 2Ch 26:6-15, his invasion of the priest's office, in attempting to offer incense, for which he was smitten with a leprosy, which continued to his death, 2Ch 26:16-23.

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2 Chronicles 26:16-21 In-Context

14 And Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail, bows, and stones for slinging.
15 In Jerusalem he made engines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.
16 But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
17 But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the LORD who were men of valor,
18 and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the LORD God."
19 Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the LORD, by the altar of incense.
20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the LORD had struck him.
21 And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper lived in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king's household, governing the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz wrote.
23 And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, "He is a leper." And Jotham his son reigned in his place.

Cross References 8

  • 1. [2 Chronicles 12:1; Deuteronomy 32:15]
  • 2. 2 Chronicles 32:25; Ezek. 28:2, 5, 17; [2 Chronicles 25:19; Deuteronomy 8:14; 2 Kings 14:10]
  • 3. 1 Chronicles 6:10
  • 4. Numbers 16:40; Numbers 18:7
  • 5. Exodus 30:7, 8
  • 6. [Exodus 4:6; Numbers 12:10; 2 Kings 5:27]
  • 7. For ver. 21-23, see 2 Kings 15:5-7
  • 8. [Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:2]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13