And Uzziah died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Jotham, his son, became ruler in his place.
Uzziah had died a leper, his brilliant history ended in disgrace.
He must then be placed as early, at least, as the reign of Uzziah, and perhaps earlier.
King Uzziah's presumption in this kind also points a warning.
Uzziah seems to have been the more familiar title which he bore among his people.
Uzziah appears, in all respects, to have taken Solomon's kingdom as his model.
In order to deprive the high priest of his prestige, Uzziah took a bold step.
This wall was afterward repaired by Uzziah, who strengthened it with towers.
He was called to his work the last year of the reign of Uzziah.
Amid such successes Uzziah did not forget that changes would occur, that other times would come.
a contracted form of Azari'ah the Lord is my strength. (1.) One of Amaziah's sons, whom the people made king of Judah in his father's stead (2 Kings 14:21; 2 Chr. 26:1). His long reign of about fifty-two years was "the most prosperous excepting that of Jehosaphat since the time of Solomon." He was a vigorous and able ruler, and "his name spread abroad, even to the entering in of Egypt" (2 Chr. 26:8, 14). In the earlier part of his reign, under the influence of Zechariah, he was faithful to Jehovah, and "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord" (2 Kings 15:3; 2 Chr. 26:4, 5); but toward the close of his long life "his heart was lifted up to his destruction," and he wantonly invaded the priest's office (2 Chr. 26:16), and entering the sanctuary proceeded to offer incense on the golden altar. Azariah the high priest saw the tendency of such a daring act on the part of the king, and with a band of eighty priests he withstood him (2 Chr. 26:17), saying, "It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense." Uzziah was suddenly struck with leprosy while in the act of offering incense (26:19-21), and he was driven from the temple and compelled to reside in "a several house" to the day of his death (2 Kings 15:5, 27; 2 Chr. 26:3). He was buried in a separate grave "in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings" (2 Kings 15:7; 2 Chr. 26:23). "That lonely grave in the royal necropolis would eloquently testify to coming generations that all earthly monarchy must bow before the inviolable order of the divine will, and that no interference could be tolerated with that unfolding of the purposes of God, which, in the fulness of time, would reveal the Christ, the true High Priest and King for evermore" (Dr. Green's Kingdom of Israel, etc.). (2.) The father of Jehonathan, one of David's overseers (1 Chr. 27:25).