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1. Son ofAmaziah and father of Jotham. He reigned over Judah fifty-two years, B.C. 810 to 759. At the commencement of his reign he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord prospered him. He greatly strengthened the kingdom, and organised his army well. He was successful against the Philistines, the Arabians, and the Mehunims; and the Ammonites were tributary, so that his fame was spread abroad.

A prophet named Zechariah counselled him, and he did well as long as the prophet lived; but on the prophet's death he became 'strong,' and his heart was lifted up to his destruction, for he went into the temple to offer incense. The priests withstood him, and on his persisting he was smitten with leprosy, and had to dwell in a separate house to the day of his death. His son Jotham acted as regent while he lived.

Uzziah is a solemn instance of one walking well until he was 'strong,' and of one not chosen of God attempting to exercise priestly service. His history evinces the truth that "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." 2 Chronicles 26:1-23 ; Isaiah 1:1 ; Hosea 1:1 ; Amos 1:1 ; Zechariah 14:5 . He is called AZARIAHin 2 Kings 14:21 ; 2 Kings 15:1-27 ; 1 Chronicles 3:12 ; and OZIASin Matthew 1:8,9 .

2. Son of Uriel, a Kohathite. 1 Chronicles 6:24 .

3. Father of Jehonathan, one of David's overseers. 1 Chronicles 27:25 .

4. Priest who had married a strange wife. Ezra 10:21 .

5. Father of Athaiah who returned from exile. Nehemiah 11:4 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Uzziah'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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