Second Chronicles 26


26:1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who [was] sixteen
 years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
26:2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after the king
 slept with his fathers.
26:3 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 Jerusalem.
26:4 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD,
 according to all that his father Amaziah did.
26:5 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 made him to prosper.
26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and
 broke down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the
 wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the
 Philistines.
26:7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the
 Arabians that dwelt in Gur-baal, and the Mehunims.
26:8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread
 abroad [even] to the entrance of Egypt: for he strengthened
 [himself] exceedingly.
26:9 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.
26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells:
 for he had many 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.
26:11 Moreover, Uzziah had an army 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 captains.
26:12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty
 men of valor [were] two thousand and six hundred.
26:13 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.
26:14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the army,
 shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and
 slings [to cast] stones.
26:15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by skillful
 men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows
 and great stones. And his name spread far abroad; for he was
 helped in a wonderful manner, till he was strong.
26:16 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.
26:17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him
 eighty priests of the LORD, [that were] valiant men:
26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said to him, [It
 appertaineth] not to thee, Uzziah, to burn incense to 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 [will it be] for thy honor from the LORD
 God.
26:19 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.
26:20 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.
26:21 And Uzziah the king was a leper to the day of his death,
 and dwelt in a separate 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.
26:22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, were
 written by Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amos.
26:23 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.
 
 

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