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2 Chronicles 26 - NIV

Uzziah King of Judah

1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah,[a] who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah.

2 He was the one who rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah after Amaziah rested with his ancestors.

3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem.

4 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done.

5 He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear[b] of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.

6 He went to war against the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines.

7 God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites.

8 The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very powerful.

9 Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified them.

10 He also built towers in the wilderness and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.

11 Uzziah had a well-trained army, ready to go out by divisions according to their numbers as mustered by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer under the direction of Hananiah, one of the royal officials.

12 The total number of family leaders over the fighting men was 2,600.

13 Under their command was an army of 307,500 men trained for war, a powerful force to support the king against his enemies.

14 Uzziah provided shields, spears, helmets, coats of armor, bows and slingstones for the entire army.

15 In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.

16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.

17 Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the Lord followed him in.

18 They confronted King Uzziah and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God.”

19 Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the Lord’s temple, leprosy[c] broke out on his forehead.

20 When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead, so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because the Lord had afflicted him.

21 King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house[d] —leprous, and banned from the temple of the Lord. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.

22 The other events of Uzziah’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.

23 Uzziah rested with his ancestors and was buried near them in a cemetery that belonged to the kings, for people said, “He had leprosy.” And Jotham his son succeeded him as king.


a. 2 Chronicles 26:1 Also called Azariah
b. 2 Chronicles 26:5 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; other Hebrew manuscripts vision
c. 2 Chronicles 26:19 The Hebrew for leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin; also in verses 20, 21 and 23.
d. 2 Chronicles 26:21 Or in a house where he was relieved of responsibilities

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Shared by: Jim Butcher on Apr, 2015
Summary: A look at the ways that God's blessings can lead us away from Him. Uzziah provides a clear example of the problem.
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Shared by: bala samson on Feb, 2014
Summary: Uzziah had a good guardian Zechariah who got him connected to God, as long as king Uzziah sought the Lord he prospered. When you are connected to good, godly people, they keep you connected to God. Do you have good connections?
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 26:5
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Shared by: bala samson on Sep, 2013
Summary: When you are connected to good, godly people, they keep you connected to God. Do you have good connections?
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Shared by: bala samson on Apr, 2013
Summary: Uzziah had a good guardian Zechariah who got him connected to God, as long as king Uzziah sought the Lord he prospered.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 468
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Shared by: Scott Chambers on Apr, 2013
Summary: This message looks at how one mistake defines the life of Uzziah rather than the good he did.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 26:1-4
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Shared by: Jerry Watts on Nov, 2011
Summary: This message was 'inspired' by Michael Catt's message "The Snare of Success" calling us to check ourselves about being ready for God to work in us.
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,286
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Shared by: Tim Smith on Oct, 2011
Summary: There is a good kind of pride but the problem is when this is not balanced by humility. Pride must be balanced with humility. You can be proud of your child and have a bumper sticker which reads, “My child is on the honor roll at...” Now if that is so you
Series: SEVEN
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 26:3-5
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Views: 859
Jeff Strite avatar
The King Who Turned White
Shared by: Jeff Strite on Apr, 2011
Summary: What's wrong with a little pride? Apparently quite a bit. Learn the effect pride had on King Uzziah, on you... and perhaps the influence it had one of the great prophets of the Old Testament.
based on 96 ratings
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Shared by: Shawn Drake on Feb, 2010
Summary: This is the 8th sermon in the series "Royalty".
based on 1 rating
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Views: 625
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Shared by: Ajai Prakash on Jul, 2009
Summary: As a believer our success is in the Lord based upon the choices we make. It also depends on the different events that go on in our lives and how we react to them. Apparently failures are the repercussions of the poor choices we make not lining up with God
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Shared by: Jim Kane on Jan, 2008
Summary: The Second of A Three Part Series ‘Growing As We Go.’
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 26:1-5
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Shared by: Victor Yap on Dec, 2007
Summary: Kings of Judah, Pt. 6
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 411
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Shared by: Jim Drake on Oct, 2007
Summary: A sermon delivered to the 2007 annual meeting of the Mountain State Baptist Association exhorting the primarily pastoral audience to finish their ministries well.
based on 64 ratings
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Shared by: Craig Benner on Sep, 2007
Summary: No es como uno empieza la carrera que cuenta. Hay que seguir fiel hasta el fin. Cuidado con el pecado de PRESUNCION
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Shared by: Howard Strickland on Apr, 2007
Summary: Uzziah was a descendant of King David. Judah made Uzziah King in place of his father when he was 16 years of age, and Uzziah was king for 52 years! God’s word also indicates that Uzziah did what was right in God’s eyes; he sought to please God!
based on 19 ratings
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 26:1-5
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 2,497
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Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Nov, 2006
Summary: A look at King Uzziah and the way that success must be handled with care lest we allow it to replace our perceived need for God in our lives.
based on 1 rating
Views: 598
Mark Perryman avatar
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Shared by: Mark Perryman on May, 2006
Summary: Are you making progress in your walk with God?
based on 17 ratings
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 4,920
Christian Cheong avatar
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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Mar, 2006
Summary: God rewards those who earnestly seek Him. God gave Uzziah success when he sought Him. When he turned away and disobeyed God because of his pride, he lost everything.
based on 112 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 13,233
Victor Yap avatar
The Big, Big "I"
Shared by: Victor Yap on Nov, 2005
Summary: Kings of Judah, Pt. 7: "Uzziah"
based on 16 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 5,741
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Shared by: Don Jaques on Jul, 2005
Summary: Those who fear the Lord are blessed with God’s provision. Those who hear this message will be motivated to live in the fear of the Lord because of the many promises God makes to those who will do so.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 26:3-6
Views: 757
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Shared by: Donnie Martin on Aug, 2004
Summary: This message shows the sad decline of a king who began by following God, but ended up forsaking God.
based on 56 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 40,001
Jose Cabajar avatar
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Shared by: Jose Cabajar on Feb, 2004
Summary: The Bible account of the life of King Uzziah is a tragic example of unguarded success.
based on 31 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 958
James May avatar
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Shared by: James May on Sep, 2003
Summary: King Uzziah died and the hope of Judah seemed to die with him in the hearts of most of the people. But Isaiah had a greater vision. He knew that the hope of Judah was in the Lord.
based on 57 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 6,667
Jeff Simms avatar
The Pride of Uzziah
Shared by: Jeff Simms on Jun, 2003
Summary: to demonstrate how pride is dangerous and that we should guard against it.
based on 108 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,137
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Shared by: Rick Gillespie- Mobley on Nov, 2002
Summary: This sermon deals with our willingness to step out and stand alone for the cause of Jesus Christ. Not everyone who calls Jesus "Lord" knows Him as such.
based on 12 ratings
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Views: 2,502
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Shared by: David Yarbrough on Nov, 2001
Summary: Pride has caused the fall of many people, nations and churches. Sometimes it sneaks up on you before you see it coming.
based on 74 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,753
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Shared by: Adedotun Ojelabi on Oct, 2001
Summary: Vision will make us know where to stand and what to stand for because unless we stand for something we can fall for anything.
based on 78 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 9,264
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The Dangers Of Success
Shared by: Rick Gillespie- Mobley on Apr, 2001
Summary: This sermon looks at the lives of King Saul and King Uzziah to examine how success can lead to negative behavior on our part.
based on 36 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 3,387