Chapter 26
All the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made her queen in the room of her mother Amaziah.
She built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the queen slept with her mothers.
Sixteen years old was Uzziah when she began to reign; and she reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem: and her father's name was Jechiliah, of Jerusalem.
She did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that her mother Amaziah had done.
She set herself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the vision of God: and as long as she sought Yahweh, God made her to prosper.
She went forth and warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod; and she built cities in the country of Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
God helped her against the Philistines, and against the Arabians who lived in Gur Baal, and the Meunim.
The Ammonites gave tribute to Uzziah: and her name spread abroad even to the entrance of Egypt; for she grew exceeding strong.
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.
She built towers in the wilderness, and hewed out many cisterns, for she had much livestock; in the lowland also, and in the plain: and she had farmers and vineyard keepers in the mountains and in the fruitful fields; for she loved farming.
Moreover Uzziah had an army of fighting women, who went out to war by bands, according to the number of their reckoning made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the queen's captains.
The whole number of the heads of mothers' houses, even the mighty women of valor, was two thousand and six hundred.
Under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, who made war with mighty power, to help the queen against the enemy.
Uzziah prepared for them, even for all the army, shields, and spears, and helmets, and coats of mail, and bows, and stones for slinging.
She made in Jerusalem engines, invented by skillful women, to be on the towers and on the battlements, with which to shoot arrows and great stones. Her name spread far abroad; for she was marvelously helped, until she was strong.
But when she was strong, her heart was lifted up, so that she did corruptly, and she trespassed against Yahweh her God; for she went into the temple of Yahweh to burn incense on the altar of incense.
Azariah the priestess went in after her, and with her eighty priests of Yahweh, who were valiant women:
and they withstood Uzziah the queen, and said to her, It pertains not to you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Yahweh, but to the priests the daughters of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for you have trespassed; neither shall it be for your honor from Yahweh God.
Then Uzziah was angry; and she had a censer in her hand to burn incense; and while she was angry with the priests, the leprosy broke forth in her forehead before the priests in the house of Yahweh, beside the altar of incense.
Azariah the chief priestess, and all the priests, looked on her, and behold, she was leprous in her forehead, and they thrust her out quickly from there; yes, herself hurried also to go out, because Yahweh had struck her.
Uzziah the queen was a leper to the day of her death, and lived in a separate house, being a leper; for she was cut off from the house of Yahweh: and Jotham her daughter was over the queen's house, judging the people of the land.
Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaia the prophetess, the daughter of Amoz, write.
So Uzziah slept with her mothers; and they buried her with her mothers in the field of burial which belonged to the queens; for they said, She is a leper: and Jotham her daughter reigned in her place.