Uzziah defeats his enemies, builds cities, and fortifies the country. He grows haughty, offers incense in the temple, and is struck with leprosy. His son Jotham rules until he dies.
Uzziah arms his men: “Uzziah provided them — the whole army — with shields and spears, and helmets and mail, and bows and slingstones.” (v. 14)
III. Select Verses
5: He applied himself to the worship of God during the time of Zechariah, instructor in the visions of God; during the time he worshiped the LORD, God made him prosper.
15b: His fame spread far, for he was helped wonderfully, and he became strong.
16-21: When he was strong, he grew so arrogant he acted corruptly: he trespassed against his God by entering the Temple of the LORD to offer incense on the incense altar. The priest Azariah, with eighty other brave priests of the LORD, followed him in and, confronting King Uzziah, said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to offer incense to the LORD, but for the Aaronite priests, who have been consecrated, to offer incense. Get out of the Sanctuary, for you have trespassed; there will be no glory in it for you from the LORD God.” Uzziah, holding the censer and ready to burn incense, got angry; but as he got angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in front of the priests in the House of the LORD beside the incense altar. When the chief priest Azariah and all the other priests looked at him, his forehead was leprous, so they rushed him out of there; he too made haste to get out, for the LORD had struck him with a plague. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He lived in isolated quarters as a leper, for he was cut off from the House of the LORD — while Jotham his son was in charge of the king’s house and governed the people of the land.
1. Uzziah becomes king
2. Rebuilding Elath
3. Introductory statement
4-5. Uzziah’s righteousness
6-8. Military victories; building towns
9-10a. Towers in Jerusalem and the wilderness
10b. Cisterns for cattle and farmers
11-13. Uzziah’s army
15a. Military innovations in Jerusalem
16-21a. Uzziah’s sin in the temple; Leprosy as punishment
21b. Jotham rules instead of Uzziah
22-23. Summary statement; Death
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VI. Works Used
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