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LORD COTHILDREN, every Man ered Judah

3 Now it came to pass when the Kingdom was established to him, that he slew his Servants that had killed the King his Father.

4 But he slew not their CHILDREN, but did as it is WRITTEN in the Law in the Book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The FATHERS shall not die for the CHILDREN, neither shall the CHILDREN DIE for the FATHERS, but every Man shall die for his own Sin.

5 Moreover, Amaziah gathered Judah together, and Benjamin : and he numbred them from twenty Years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice Men, able to go forth to War, that could handle Spear and Shield.

6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty Men of Valour out of Israel, for an hundred Talents of Silver.

Ź But there came a Man of God to him, saying, O King let not the Army of ISRAEL go with thee; for the Lord is not with ISRAEL, to wit, with all the Children of Ephraim.

8 But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the Battle : God shall make thee FALL before the Enemy : for God hath Power to HELP, and to CAST DOWN.

9 And Amaziah said to the Man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred Talents which I have given to the Army of Israel? And the Man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.

10 Then Amaziah separated the Army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again : and they returned home in great Anger.

11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his People, and went to the Valley of Salt, and smote of the Children of Seir ten thousand.

12 And other ten thousand left alive, did the Children of Judah carry away Captive, and brought them unto the top of the Rock, and cast them down from the top of the Rock, that they were broken all in pieces.

13 But the Soldiers of the Army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to Battle, fell upon the Cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Beth-horon, and smote three thousand of them, and took much Spoil.

14 Now it came to pass after that Amaziah was come from the Slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the Gods of the Children of SEIR, and let them up to be his

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Gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned INCENSE unto them.

15 Wherefore the Anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a PROPHET, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the Gods of the People which could not delIVER their own PEOPLE Out of thine Hand.

16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the King said unto him, Art thou made of the King's Coun. SEL? FORBEAR; why shouldst thou be smitten? Then the Prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath DETERMINED to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and haft not heARKNED unto my Counsel.

17 Then Amaziah King of Judah took Advice, and sent to Joash, saying, Come, let us see one another in the Face.

18 And Joash King of Israel sent to Amaziah, saying, The Thistle that was in Lebanon, sent to the Cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give me thy Daughter to my Son to Wife : and there passed by a wild Beast that was in Lebanon, and trod down the Thistle.

19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites, and thine Heart LIFTETH thee up to boast : abide now at home, why shouldst thou meddle to thine Hurt, that thou shouldst fall, even thou and Judah with thee?

20 But Amaziab would not hear, for it CAME Of God, that he might deliver them into the Hand of their Enemies, because they sought after the Gods of Edom.

21 So Joath the King of Israel went up, and they saw one another in the Face, both he and Amaziah King of Judah, at Beth-shemesh, which belongcth to Judah.

2ż And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every Man to his Tent.

23 And Joash the King of Israel took Amaziah King of Judah the Son of Joalh, the Son of Jehoahaz, at BethThemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the Wall of Jerusalem, four hundred Cubits.

24 And he took all the Gold, and the Silver, and all the Veflels that were found in the House of God with Obed-edom, and the Treasures of the King's House, the Hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

25 And Amaziah the Son of Joah King of Judah, lived after the Death of Joanh Son of Jehoahaz King of Israel, fifteen Years.

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27 Now after the Time that Amaziah did turn away from FOLLOWING the LORD, they made a Conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish : but they sent to Lachish after him, and flew him there.

28 And they brought him upon Horses, and buried him with his Fathers in the City of Judah.

CHA P. XXVI. | Uzziah fucceeding, and reigning well in the Days of Zechas

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tham succeedeth him. Ver. 1 THEN all the People of Judah took Uzziah, who

. 1 was fixteen Years old, and made him King in the Room of bis Father Amaziah.

3 Sixteen Years old was Uzziah, when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two Years in Jerusalem.

4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his Father Amaziah did.

5 And he SOUGHT God in the Days of Zechariah, who had UNDERSTANDING in the VISIONS of God: and as long as he SOUGHT the LORD, God made him to PROSPER.

6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the Wall of Gath, and the Wall of Jabneh, and the Wall of Ashdod, and built Cities about Athdod, and among the Philistines.

7 And GOD HELPED him against the PHILISTINES, and against the ARABIANS that dwelt in Gur-baal, and the Mchunims.

8 And the Ammonites gave Gifts to Uzziah, and his Name spread abroad even to the entring in of Egypt, for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

9 Moreover, Uzziah built Towers in Jerusalem, and fortified them.

10 Also he built Towers in the Desert, and digged many Wells, for he had much Cattle, both in the Low-Countrey, and in the Plains : Husbandmen also, and Vine-drersers in the Mountains, and in Carmel : for he loved Hur. bandry.

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· 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 Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the Hoft, 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 Pricst 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 confecrated 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, he was leprous in his Forehead, and they thrust him out from thence, yea, himself also hasted 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 last, did Isaiah the Prophet the Son of Amoz write.

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

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TT is observed by Dr. Lightfoot, That it pleased God, in 1 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 Asyrians, 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. CH A P. XXVII.

1 Jotham reigning well, prospereth. 5 He subdueth the Ama

monites : 7 His Reign. 9 Ahaz succeedeih him.

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

J began to reign, and he reigned sixteen 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 People did yet CORRUPTLY.

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