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2 Chronicles 26

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

 2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah; after that the king slept with his fathers.

 3 Uzziah 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.

 4 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.

 5 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 caused him to prosper.

 6 He went forth and warred against the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, the walls of Jabneh, and the walls of Ashdod; he then built cities around Ashdod, and among the Philistines.

 7 God helped him against the Philistines, against the Arabians who dwelled in Gurbaal, and the against Mehunims.

 8 The Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah, and his name spread abroad even to the borders of Egypt for he increased in power greatly.

 9 In addition Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall; and he fortified them.

 10 He also built defensive towers in the desert, and hewed out many cisterns for he had much cattle, both in the low country and in the plains, along with husbandmen and vine dressers in the mountains and in Carmel for he loved husbandry.

 11 Moreover Uzziah had a host of fighting men, who went out to war by divisions, according to their number counted by the hand of Jeiel, the scribe, and Maaseiah, the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.

 12 The total number of the heads and fathers of the mighty men of valor was two thousand six hundred.

 13 Under their command was an army of three hundred seven thousand five hundred that made war with mighty power to help the king against the enemy.

 14 Uzziah prepared them by supplying the entire host with shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail, and bows, and slings to cast stones.

 15 He using skillful men to invent and make engines of war to shoot arrows and large stone from the towers and bulwarks of Jerusalem. His reputation spread far abroad. He was marvelously helped by God, until he became very powerful.

 16 But when he became powerful, his heart was lifted up in pride to his destruction for he transgressed against the LORD his God, by going into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

 17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him eighty priests of the LORD, who were brave men.

 18 They opposed Uzziah the king, and said to him, "It is not your privilege or business to burn incense to the LORD, but it is the responsibility of the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary for you have trespassed, and your trespass shall not result in your honor from the LORD God.

 19 Uzziah became angry, while holding a censer in his hand to burn incense; and as he was angry with the priests, a leprosy rose up in his forehead in view of the priests in the house of the LORD, standing beside the incense altar.

 20 Azariah, the chief priest, and all the priests looked upon him and saw that he was leprous in his forehead; so they expelled him from there. He even hurried to leave because the LORD had smitten him.

 21 So Uzziah the king was a leper to the day of his death, and he dwelled in a separate house, being a leper. Because he was cut off from the house of the LORD, his son Jotham ruled the king's house, judging the people of the land.

 22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, were written by Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.

 23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial that belonged to the kings [not in the tombs of kings] for they said," He is a leper;" and Jotham his son reigned in his place.


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