Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and
made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with
Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty
and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of
(26:3-4) "Uzziah ... did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all
that his father Amaziah did."
LIke throwing 10,000 men off a cliff? (See 25:12)
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all
that his father Amaziah did.
And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the
visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the
wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built
cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
(26:6-7) "He went forth and warred against the Philistines ... And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that
dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims."
26:7And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that
dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to
the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.
Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the
valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.
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.
Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by
bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the
scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's
The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour
were two thousand and six hundred.
And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven
thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king
against the enemy.
And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears,
and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.
And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the
towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And
his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was
But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he
transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD
to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
(26:16-21) God makes Uzziah a leper for burning
incense without a license.
(26:16) "He transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD
to burn incense upon the altar of incense."
(26:18) "It appertaineth not
unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests."
(26:19) "The leprosy even rose up in his forehead."
(26:20) "Behold, he was leprous in his forehead ... because the LORD had smitten him."
(26:21) "And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death."
And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests
of the LORD, that were valiant men:
And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not
unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the
sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the
sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour
from the LORD God.
Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with
the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the
priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in
his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted
also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
26:21And Uzziah the king
was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several 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.
Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the
prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in
the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a
leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.