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 his
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.
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.
And 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 captains.
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 strong.
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.
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.
And 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.