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jotham in the Bible

Jehovah is perfect. (1.) The youngest of Gideon's seventy sons. He escaped when the rest were put to death by the order of Abimelech (Judg. 9:5). When "the citizens of Shechem and the whole house of Millo" were gathered together "by the plain of the pillar" (i.e., the stone set up by Joshua, 24:26; comp. Gen. 35:4) "that was in Shechem, to make Abimelech king," from one of the heights of Mount Gerizim he protested against their doing so in the earliest parable, that of the bramble-king. His words then spoken were prophetic. There came a recoil in the feelings of the people toward Abimelech, and then a terrible revenge, in which many were slain and the city of Shechem was destroyed by Abimelech (Judg. 9:45). Having delivered his warning, Jotham fled to Beer from the vengeance of Abimelech (9:7-21). (2.) The son and successor of Uzziah on the throne of Judah. As during his last years Uzziah was excluded from public life on account of his leprosy, his son, then twenty-five years of age, administered for seven years the affairs of the kingdom in his father's stead (2 Chr. 26:21, 23; 27:1). After his father's death he became sole monarch, and reigned for sixteen years (B.C. 759-743). He ruled in the fear of God, and his reign was prosperous. He was contemporary with the prophets Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah, by whose ministrations he profited. He was buried in the sepulchre of the kings, greatly lamented by the people (2 Kings 15:38; 2 Chr. 27:7-9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • And Uzziah died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and jotham, his son, became ruler in his place.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • jotham's customers was called, by the outsiders, 'the billiard-room gang.'

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She sobbed out: "jotham said you told him we wasn't to wait dinner for you, and I thought—"

    Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
  • jotham never sold rum, and he'd never allow no rows in his place.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • At that jotham spoke out like a man distracted, and said he wished to goodness we would.

    Wheat and Huckleberries Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
  • "Of course jotham'll drive you over," Ethan roused himself to answer.

    Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
  • Captain jotham Green, host and proprietor, himself stood at the horses' heads.

  • Helen rose and saying, Now, jotham, she stepped behind the curtains.

    Randy's Summer Amy Brooks
  • "It is the new paradise of the world," said jotham Blue, pausing in his whittling and holding up his right hand for emphasis.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • We will now look at a tableau called Titians Daughter, announced jotham.

    Randy's Summer Amy Brooks

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