2 Chronicles 26
Uzziah Reigns in Judah
26 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. 2 He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers. 3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 4 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. 5 He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
6 He went out and made war against the Philistines and broke through the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the territory of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. 7 God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabians who lived in Gurbaal and against the Meunites. 8 The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong. 9 Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the Angle, and fortified them. 10 And he built towers in the wilderness and cut out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil. 11 Moreover, Uzziah had an army of soldiers, fit for war, in divisions according to the numbers in the muster made by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer, under the direction of Hananiah, one of the king’s commanders. 12 The whole number of the heads of fathers’ houses of mighty men of valor was 2,600. 13 Under their command was an army of 307,500, who could make war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. 14 And Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail, bows, and stones for slinging. 15 In Jerusalem he made machines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.
Uzziah’s Pride and Punishment
16 But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the Lord who were men of valor, 18 and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the Lord God.” 19 Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the Lord, by the altar of incense. 20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the Lord had struck him. 21 And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper lived in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the Lord. And Jotham his son was over the king’s household, governing the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz wrote. 23 And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son reigned in his place. [1]
Isaiah 1-5
1 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.
The Wickedness of Judah
2    Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
       “Children have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3    The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib,
       but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
4    Ah, sinful nation,
a people laden with iniquity,
       offspring of evildoers,
children who deal corruptly!
       They have forsaken the Lord,
they have despised the Holy One of Israel,
they are utterly estranged.
5    Why will you still be struck down?
Why will you continue to rebel?
       The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
6    From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it,
       but bruises and sores
and raw wounds;
       they are not pressed out or bound up
or softened with oil.
7    Your country lies desolate;
your cities are burned with fire;
       in your very presence
foreigners devour your land;
it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
8    And the daughter of Zion is left
like a booth in a vineyard,
       like a lodge in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
9    If the Lord of hosts
had not left us a few survivors,
       we should have been like Sodom,
and become like Gomorrah.
10    Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of zSodom!
       Give ear to the teaching of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11    “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the Lord;
       I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of well-fed beasts;
       I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats.
12    “When you come to appear before me,
who has required of you
this trampling of my courts?
13    Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
       New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—
I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14    Your new moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates;
       they have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15    When you spread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
       even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
16    Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
       cease to do evil,
17        learn to do good;
       seek justice,
correct oppression;
       bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.
18    “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
       though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
       though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
19    If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;
20    but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be eaten by the sword;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The Unfaithful City
21    How the faithful city
has become a whore,
she who was full of justice!
      Righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
22    Your silver has become dross,
your best wine mixed with water.
23    Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
       Everyone loves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
       They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
and the widow’s cause does not come to them.
24    Therefore the Lord declares,
the Lord of hosts,
the Mighty One of Israel:
       “Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
and avenge myself on my foes.
25    I will turn my hand against you
and will smelt away your dross as with lye
and remove all your alloy.
26    And I will restore your judges as at the first,
and your counselors as at the beginning.
       Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness,
the faithful city.”
27    Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
28    But rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
29    For they shall be ashamed of the oaks
that you desired;
       and you shall blush for the gardens
that you have chosen.
30    For you shall be like an oak
whose leaf withers,
and like a garden without water.
31    And the strong shall become tinder,
and his work a spark,
       and both of them shall burn together,
with none to quench them.
The Mountain of the Lord
2 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2    It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
       shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
       and all the nations shall flow to it,
3        and many peoples shall come, and say:
       “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
       that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
       For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4    He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
       and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
       nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.
5    O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the Lord.
The Day of the Lord
6    For you have rejected your people,
the house of Jacob,
       because they are full of things from the east
and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines,
and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.
7    Their land is filled with silver and gold,
and there is no end to their treasures;
       their land is filled with horses,
and there is no end to their chariots.
8    Their land is filled with idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their own fingers have made.
9    So man is humbled,
and each one is brought low—
do not forgive them!
10    Enter into the rock
and hide in the dust
       from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty.
11    The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,
       and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
12    For the Lord of hosts has a day
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;
13    against all the cedars of Lebanon,
lofty and lifted up;
and against all the oaks of Bashan;
14    against all the lofty mountains,
and against all the uplifted hills;
15    against every high tower,
and against every fortified wall;
16    against all the ships of Tarshish,
and against all the beautiful craft.
17    And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,
and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low,
and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
18    And the idols shall utterly pass away.
19    And people shall enter the caves of the rocks
and the holes of the ground,
       from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
20    In that day mankind will cast away
their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
       which they made for themselves to worship,
to the moles and to the bats,
21    to enter the caverns of the rocks
and the clefts of the cliffs,
       from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
22    Stop regarding man
in whose nostrils is breath,
for of what account is he?
Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem
3 For behold, the Lord God of hosts
is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
       support and supply,
all support of bread,
and all support of water;
2    the mighty man and the soldier,
the judge and the prophet,
the diviner and the elder,
3    the captain of fifty
and the man of rank,
       the counselor and the skillful magician
and the expert in charms.
4    And I will make boys their princes,
and infants shall rule over them.
5    And the people will oppress one another,
every one his fellow
and every one his neighbor;
       the youth will be insolent to the elder,
and the despised to the honorable.
6    For a man will take hold of his brother
in the house of his father, saying:
       “You have a cloak;
you shall be our leader,
       and this heap of ruins
shall be under your rule”;
7    in that day he will speak out, saying:
       “I will not be a healer;
in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
       you shall not make me
leader of the people.”
8    For Jerusalem has stumbled,
and Judah has fallen,
       because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord,
defying his glorious presence.
9    For the look on their faces bears witness against them;
they proclaim their sin like Sodom;
they do not hide it.
       Woe to them!
For they have brought evil on themselves.
10    Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11    Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
12    My people—infants are their oppressors,
and women rule over them.
       O my people, your guides mislead you
and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.
13    The Lord has taken his place to contend;
he stands to judge peoples.
14    The Lord will enter into judgment
with the elders and princes of his people:
       “It is you who have devoured the vineyard,
the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15    What do you mean by crushing my people,
by grinding the face of the poor?”
declares the Lord God of hosts.
16    The Lord said:
       Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
and walk with outstretched necks,
glancing wantonly with their eyes,
       mincing along as they go,
tinkling with their feet,
17    therefore the Lord will strike with a scab
the heads of the daughters of Zion,
and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents; 19 the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; 20 the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; 21 the signet rings and nose rings; 22 the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; 23 the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.
24    Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;
and instead of a belt, a rope;
       and instead of well-set hair, baldness;
and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;
and branding instead of beauty.
25    Your men shall fall by the sword
and your mighty men in battle.
26    And her gates shall lament and mourn;
empty, she shall sit on the ground.
4 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”
The Branch of the Lord Glorified
2 In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. 3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, 4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning. 5 Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. 6 There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
The Vineyard of the Lord Destroyed
5 Let me sing for my beloved
my love song concerning his vineyard:
       My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
2    He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
       he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
       and he looked for it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
3    And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem
and men of Judah,
       judge between me and my vineyard.
4    What more was there to do for my vineyard,
that I have not done in it?
       When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
5    And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
       I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
       I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
6    I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and briers and thorns shall grow up;
       I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
7    For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts
is the house of Israel,
       and the men of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
       and he looked for justice,
but behold, bloodshed;
       for righteousness,
but behold, an outcry!
Woe to the Wicked
8    Woe to those who join house to house,
who add field to field,
       until there is no more room,
and you are made to dwell alone
in the midst of the land.
9    The Lord of hosts has sworn in my hearing:
       “Surely many houses shall be desolate,
large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
10    For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath,
and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah.”
11    Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
that they may run after strong drink,
       who tarry late into the evening
as wine inflames them!
12    They have lyre and harp,
tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts,
       but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord,
or see the work of his hands.
13    Therefore my people go into exile
for lack of knowledge;
       their honored men go hungry,
and their multitude is parched with thirst.
14    Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite
and opened its mouth beyond measure,
       and the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude will go down,
her revelers and he who exults in her.
15    Man is humbled, and each one is brought low,
and the eyes of the haughty are brought low.
16    But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice,
and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.
17    Then shall the lambs graze as in their pasture,
and nomads shall eat among the ruins of the rich.
18    Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood,
who draw sin as with cart ropes,
19    who say: “Let him be quick,
let him speed his work
that we may see it;
       let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near,
and let it come, that we may know it!”
20    Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
       who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
       who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
21    Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!
22    Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23    who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of his right!
24    Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,
and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,
       so their root will be as rottenness,
and their blossom go up like dust;
       for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,
and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25    Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them,
and the mountains quaked;
      and their corpses were as refuse
in the midst of the streets.
       For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.
26    He will raise a signal for nations far away,
and whistle for them from the ends of the earth;
       and behold, quickly, speedily they come!
27    None is weary, none stumbles,
none slumbers or sleeps,
       not a waistband is loose,
not a sandal strap broken;
28    their arrows are sharp,
all their bows bent,
       their horses’ hoofs seem like flint,
and their wheels like the whirlwind.
29    Their roaring is like a lion,
like young lions they roar;
       they growl and seize their prey;
they carry it off, and none can rescue.
30    They will growl over it on that day,
like the growling of the sea.
       And if one looks to the land,
behold, darkness and distress;
       and the light is darkened by its clouds. [2]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 2 Ch 26:1–23.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Is 1–5:30.

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