1Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.2He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.3Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother' name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.4And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.5And 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.6And 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.7And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.8And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.9Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall , and fortified them.10Also 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.11Moreover 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' captains.12The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.13And 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.14And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.15And 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 strong.16But 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.17And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:18And 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.19Then 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.20And 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.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' house, judging the people of the land.22Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.23So 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.
2 Chronicles 26
English Standard Version
Uzziah Reigns in Judah
1And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.2He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers.3Uzziah 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. (2Ki 15:2)4And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.5He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper. (2Ch 24:2; Da 1:17; Da 10:1)6He went out and made war against the Philistines and broke through the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the territory of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. (Isa 14:29)7God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabians who lived in Gurbaal and against the Meunites. (2Ch 20:1; 2Ch 21:16)8The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong. (2Sa 8:2; 2Ch 17:11)9Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the Angle, and fortified them. (2Ki 14:13; Ne 2:13; Ne 2:15; Ne 3:13; Ne 3:19)10And he built towers in the wilderness and cut out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil. (De 6:11; Ne 9:25)11Moreover, Uzziah had an army of soldiers, fit for war, in divisions according to the numbers in the muster made by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer, under the direction of Hananiah, one of the king’s commanders.12The whole number of the heads of fathers’ houses of mighty men of valor was 2,600.13Under their command was an army of 307,500, who could make war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. (2Ch 25:5)14And Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail, bows, and stones for slinging. (Ne 4:16)15In Jerusalem he made machines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.
Uzziah’s Pride and Punishment
16But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. (De 8:14; De 32:15; 2Ki 14:10; 2Ch 12:1; 2Ch 25:19; 2Ch 32:25; Eze 28:2; Eze 28:5; Eze 28:17)17But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the Lord who were men of valor, (1Ch 6:10)18and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the Lord God.” (Ex 30:7; Nu 16:40; Nu 18:7)19Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the Lord, by the altar of incense. (Ex 4:6; Nu 12:10; 2Ki 5:27)20And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the Lord had struck him.21And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper lived in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the Lord. And Jotham his son was over the king’s household, governing the people of the land. (Le 13:46; Nu 5:2; 2Ki 15:5)22Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz wrote. (Isa 1:1; Isa 6:1)23And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son reigned in his place.