2 Chronicles 26

1 Then all the people of Judah (Yehudah) took Uzziyahu, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amatsyah.

2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah (Yehudah), after that the king slept with his fathers.

3 Sixteen years old was Uzziyahu when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim). His mother’s name was Yekholyah of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).

4 And he did that which was right in the sight of יהוה, according to all that his father Amatsyah did.

5 And he sought God (Elohim) in the days of Zechariah (Zekharyahu), who had understanding in the visions of God (Elohim); and as long as he sought יהוה, God (Elohim) made him to prosper.

6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Yavneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.

7 And God (Elohim) helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.

8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziyahu; and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt (Mitsrayim), for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

9 Moreover Uzziyahu built towers in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.

10 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.

11 Moreover Uzziyahu had an army of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Yeiel the scribe and Maaseyahu the ruler, under the hand of Chananyahu, one of the king’s captains.

12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.

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.

14 And Uzziyahu prepared for them throughout all the army shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.

15 And he made in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) 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.

16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction, for he transgressed against יהוה his God (Elohim), and went into the temple of יהוה to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

17 And Azaryahu the priest (kohen) went in after him, and with him fourscore priests (kohanim) of יהוה, that were valiant men.

18 And they withstood Uzziyahu the king, and said unto him, “It is not for you, Uzziyahu, to burn incense unto יהוה, but for the priests (kohanim) the sons of Aaron (Aharon), that are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed; neither shall it be for your honor from God (Elohim) יהוה.”

19 Then Uzziyahu was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense; and while he was wroth with the priests (kohanim), the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests (kohanim) in the house of יהוה, from beside the incense altar.

20 And Azaryahu the chief priest (kohen), and all the priests (kohanim), 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 יהוה had smitten him.

21 And Uzziyahu 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 יהוה; and Yotam his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.

22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziyahu, first and last, did Isaiah (Yeshayahu) the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.

23 So Uzziyahu 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 Yotam his son reigned in his stead.