2 Chronicles 26
1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him
king instead of his father Amaziah.
2 He built Elath and restored it to Judah, after the king rested with his fathers.
3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, according to all that his father
Amaziah had done.
5 He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God;
and in the days that he sought Jehovah, God made him prosper.
6 And he went out and made war against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath,
the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod; and he built cities around Ashdod and among
7 God helped him against the Philistines, against the Arabians who lived in Gur-Baal, and against the Meunim.
8 The Ammonites also brought tribute to Uzziah. His fame spread as far as the entrance of
Egypt, for he became exceedingly strong.
9 And Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the
corner of the wall, and fortified them.
10 He also built towers in the wilderness, and dug many wells, for he had much livestock,
both in the lowlands and in the plains; he also had farmers and vinedressers in the
mountains and in Carmel, for he loved the soil.
11 Moreover Uzziah had forces making war who went out to war by divisions, according
to the number of their muster by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer,
under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's commanders.
12 The total number of heads of fathers of the mighty men of valor was two thousand six
13 And under their hand was a military force of three hundred and seven thousand five
hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
14 And Uzziah provided for them, for the entire army, shields, spears, helmets, body
armor, bows, and stones for the slings.
15 And he made devices in Jerusalem, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and
the corners, to shoot arrows and large stones. And his fame spread far and wide, for he
was marvelously helped till he became strong.
16 But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed
against Jehovah his God to enter the temple of Jehovah to burn incense on the altar of
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him were eighty priests of Jehovah;
18 And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn
incense unto Jehovah, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn
incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from
19 And Uzziah became enraged; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And
while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in
the house of Jehovah, beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked towards him, and behold, on his
forehead he was leprous; so they hurried him out of that place. Indeed he also hurried to
get out, because Jehovah had struck him.
21 And King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in a separate house,
because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of Jehovah. And Jotham his son
was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, the prophet Isaiah the son of
Amoz has written.
23 So Uzziah rested with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of
burial which belonged to the kings, for they said, He is a leper. And Jotham his son reigned
in his place.