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12. The whole Number of the chief of the Fathers of the mighty Men of Valour, were two thousand and fix 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 Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the Host, Shields, and Spears, and Helmets, and Habergeons, and Bows, and Slings to cast Stones.

15 And he made in Jerusalem 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 the Lord his God, and went into the Temple of the LORD, to burn Incense upon the Altar of Incense. ; 17 Azariah the Priest went in after him, and with him fourscore Priests of the LORD, that were' valiant Men.

18 And they withstood Uzziah the King, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn Incense unto the LORD, but to the Priests the Sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn Incense: go out of the Sanctuary, for thou hast TRESPASSED, neither shall it be for thine Honour from the Lord God.

19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a Censer in his Hand, to burn Incense : and while he was wroth with the Priests, the LEPROSY even rose up in his Forehead, before the Priests in the House of the LORD, from beside the Incense-altar.

20 And Azariah the Chief-priest, and all the Priests looked upon him, and behold, hewas leprous in his Forehead, and they thrust him out from thence, yea, himself also hafted to go out, because the Lord had smitten him.

21 And Uzziah 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 the LORD: and Jotham his Son was over the King's House, judging the People of the Land.

22 Now the rest of the Acts of Uzziah, first and laft, did Isaiah the Prophet the Son of Amoz write.

23 So Uzziah slept with his Fathers, and they buried him with his Fathers in the Field of the Burials which belonged

to the Kings; for they said, He is a Leper: and Jotham his Son reigned in his stead.

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TT is observed by Dr. Lightfoot, That it pleased God, in I the Days of Uzziah, who is call’d Azariah (and was Contemporary with Jeroboam the 24 King of Israel) to raise up a Generation of Prophets that should commit their Prophecies to Writing. The First of which was Hosea,

Chap. i. Ver. i The Word of the LORD that came unto Hosea the Son of Beeri, in the Days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, Kings of Judah, and in the Days of Jeroboam the Son of Joash King of Israel.

The Second, Joel. The Third, Amos,

Chap. i. Ver. i The Words of Amos, who was among the Herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the Days of Uzziah King of Judah, and in the Days of Jeroboam the Son of Joash King of Israel, two Years before the Earthquake.

The Fourth, the Evangelical Prophet ISAIAH,

Chap. i. Ver, I The Vision of Isaiah the Son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the Days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, Kings of Judah.

These Prophets foretold the Captivity of the Ten Tribes by the Allyrians, and the Captivity of the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin by the Chaldeans : The Truth of which Predictions were verified upon both within very few Years.

II. CHRON. CHAP. XXVII. Jotham reigning well, prospereth. 5 He subdueth the Ame monites : 7 His Reign. 9 Ahaz fucceedeth him.

Ver. 1 JOTHAM was twenty and five Years old when he

J began to reign, and he reigned fixteen Years in Jerusalem.

2 And he did that which was right in the fight of the LORD, according to all that his Father Uzziah did : howbeit he entred not into the Temple of the LORD. And the Pecple did yet CORRUPTLY.

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3 He built the high Gate of the House of the LORD, and on the Wall of Ophel he built much.

4 Moreover, he built Cities in the Mountains of Judah, and in the Forests he built Castles and Towers.

5 He fought also with the Kirg of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the Children of Ammon gave him the same Year, an hundred Talents of Silver, and ton thousand Measures of Wheat, and ten thousand of Barley. So much did the Children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second Year and the third.

6 So Jotham became mighty, because he PREPARED his Ways before the Lord his God."

8 He was five and twenty Years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen Years in Jerusalem.

9 And Jotham slept with his Fathers, and they buried him in the City of David, and Ahaz his Son reigned in his stead.

II. KINGS, CHA P. XVI. ! Ahaż his wicked Reign. 5 Ahaz assailed by Rezin and

Pekah, hireth Tiglath-pile ser against them. 10 Abaz lenda inig a Pattern of an 'Altar from Damascus to Urijah, diverteth the brazen Altar to bis own Devotion : .17 He spoiled the Temple.

F'erTN the seventeenth Year of Pekah the Son of Rema" 'Iliah, Ahaż the Son of Jotham King of Judah began to reign.

2 Twenty Years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen Years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like Dayid his Father.

*. 3 But he WALKED in the Ways of the Kings of Israel, yea, and made his Son to pass through the FIRE, according to the ABOMINATION of the HEATHEN, whom the LORD CAST OUT from before the Children' of Israel. *4 He facrificed and burnt Incense in the high Places, and on the Hills, and under every green Tree, **.5 Yhen Rezin King of Syria, and Pekah Şon of RemaCiah King of Israel,' came up to Jerusalem to War: and they Befieged: Ahaz, but could not overcome him. 5 6 At that Time Rezin King of Syria recovered Elath to

Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath : and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there.

7 So Ahaz sent Messengers to Tiglath-pileser King of ASSYRIA, saying, I am thy SERVANT, and thy Son : come up, and save me out of the Hand of the King of SYRIA, and out of the Hand of the King of ISRAEL, which rise up against me. ,

8 Ahaz took the Silver and Gold that was found in the House of the LORD, and in the Treasures of the King's House, and sent it for a Present to the King of Assyria.

9 And the King of Aflyria hearkned unto him : for the King of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the People of it Captive to Kir, and flew Rezin.

10 And King Ahaz went to Damascus, to meet Tiglathpileser King of Assyria, and saw an ALTAR that was at Damascus : and King Ahaz sent to URIJAH the Priest the Fashion of the Altar, and the Pattern of it, according to all the Workmanship thereof.

u And Urijah the Priest built an Altar, according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus : so Urijah the Priest made it against King Ahaz came from Damascus.

12 And when the King was come from Damascus, the King saw the Altar : and the King approached to the Altar, and offered thereon.

13 And he burnt his Burnt-offering, and his Meat-offering, and poured his Drink-offering, and sprinkled the Blood of his Peace-offerings upon the Altar.

14 And he brought the brasen 'Altar which was before the LORD, from the Forefront of the House, from between the Altar and the House of the LORD, and put it on the North-fide of the Altar..

15 And King Ahaz commanded URIJAH the Priest, saying, Upon the GREAT ALTAR burn the Morning Burntoffering, and the Evening Meat-offering, and the King's Burnt-facrifice, and his Meat-offering, with the Burnt-offering of all the People of the Land, and their Meat-offering, and their Drink-offerings, and sprinkle upon it all the Blood of the Burnt-offering, and all the Blood of the Sacrifice : and the BRASEN ALTAR shall be for me to enquire by. ..

16 Thus did URIJAH the PRIEST, according to all that King Ahaz COMMANDED.

015 And Kimme GREAT ALTeat-offering, ane Burnt-offer

17 And King Ahaz cut off the Borders of the Bases, and removed the Laver from off them, and took down the Sea from off the brasen Oxen that were under it, and put it upon a Pavement of Stones.

18 And the Covert for the Sabbath that they had built in the House, and the King's Entry without, turned he from the House of the Lord, for the King of Affyria.

II. CHRON. CHA P. XXVIII. 1 Ahaz reigning very wickedly, is greatly afflicted by the Ss.

rians. 6 Judah being captivated by the Ifraelites, is fent home by the Counsel of Oded the Prophet. '16 Abaz jending for Aid to Assyria, is not helped thereby. 22 In this Distress he groweth more idolatrous. 26 He dying, Hizi. kiah succeedeth him.

Ver. 3 M oreover, he burnt Incense in the Valley of

V the Son of Hinnon, and BURNT his CHILDREN in the Fire, after the ABOMINATIONS of the Heathen whom the Lord had cast out before the Children of Israel.

4 He sacrificed also, and burnt Incense in the high Places, and on the Hills, and under every green Tree.

5 Wherefore the LORD his GOD DELIVERED him into the Hand of the King of SYRIA, and they smote him, and carried away a great MULTITUDE of them CAPTIVES, and brought them to DAMASCUS : and he was also DELIVERED into the Hand of the King of Israel, who smote him with a great Slaughter.

6 For Pekah the Son of Remaliah flew in Judah ar HUNDRED and TWENTY THOUSAND in one Day, which were all valiant Men; because they had FORSAKEN the LORD God of their Fathers.

7 And Zichri a mighty Man of Ephraim, flew Maaseiah the King's Son, and Azricam the Governour of the House, and Elkanah that was next to the King.

8 And the Children of Israel carried away Captive of their Brethren, TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND Women, Sons and Daughters, and took also away much Spoil from them, and brought the Spoil to Samaria.

9 But a Prophet of the LORD was there, whose Name was ODED : and he went out before the Host that came to

Samaria,

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