2 Kings 15:1-7

Azariah Reigns in Judah

1 1In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, 2Azariah the son of Amaziah, king of Judah, began to reign.
2 He was 3sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
3 And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.
4 4Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.
5 5And the LORD touched the king, so that he was a leper[a] to the day of his death, 6and he lived in a separate house.[b] And Jotham the king's son was over the household, governing the people of the land.
6 Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
7 And Azariah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers 7in the city of David, and Jotham his son reigned in his place.

2 Kings 15:1-7 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 KINGS 15

This chapter begins with the reign of Azariah king of Judah, 2Ki 15:1-7, and then gives a short account of the several kings of Israel, to the last of them; of Zachariah, 2Ki 15:8-12, of Shallum, 2Ki 15:13,14,15 of Menahem, 2Ki 15:16-22 of Pekahiah, 2Ki 15:23-26, of Pekah, succeeded by Hoshea, the last of them, 2Ki 15:27-31, and is included with the reign of Jotham king of Judah, 2Ki 15:32-38.

2 Kings 15:1-7 In-Context

1 In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah the son of Amaziah, king of Judah, began to reign.
2 He was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
3 And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.
4 Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.
5 And the LORD touched the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, and he lived in a separate house. And Jotham the king's son was over the household, governing the people of the land.
6 Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
7 And Azariah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Jotham his son reigned in his place.
8 In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months.
9 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his fathers had done. He did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin.
10 Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him and struck him down at Ibleam and put him to death and reigned in his place.
11 Now the rest of the deeds of Zechariah, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.

Cross References 7

  • 1. [2 Kings 14:17]
  • 2. [ver. 13, 30, 32, 34; 2 Chronicles 26:1]
  • 3. 2 Chronicles 26:3, 4
  • 4. See 2 Kings 12:3
  • 5. For ver. 5-7, see 2 Chronicles 26:21-23
  • 6. See Leviticus 13:46
  • 7. [2 Chronicles 26:23]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  • [b]. The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
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