| 1 ¶ Jotham was twenty
and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years
in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.
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Mother's name Jotham had a spiritual heritage
from his mother. Zadok was in his blood line if not his direct grandfather.
2 - Entered not In contrast to his father's defiant entry. 2ch2616.
2 - People did yet corruptly See 2ki1535.
| 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.
gate Probably in the northern wall. je2002,
Ophel The nortnern area of a hill in the southeast part of the city.
Cities Apparently for defense. He faced both Assyria and Israel. See map of the divided kingdom.
Castles That is, forts. Prophets of the time wrote of this ho0814, is0215, is1703.
He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them.
And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of
silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley.
So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and
6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.
Mighty because We see that Jotham's strength had a source which was not wealth from Ammon.
| 7 Now the rest of the acts
of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they are written in the
book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
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.