Uzziah: A contracted form of Azari'ah the Lord is my strength.
1. One of Amaziah's sons, whom the people made king of Judah in his
(2 Kings 14:21; 2 Chronicles 26:1) His long reign of about
fifty-two years was "the most prosperous excepting that of
Jehosaphat since the time of Solomon." He was a vigorous and
able ruler, and "his name spread abroad, even to the entering in
(2 Chronicles 26:8,14) In the earlier part of his reign, under
the influence of Zechariah, he was faithful to Jehovah, and "did
that which was right in the sight of the Lord"
(2 Kings 15:3; 2 Chronicles 26:4,5) but toward the close of his long life "his heart was
lifted up to his destruction," and he wantonly invaded the
(2 Chronicles 26:16) and entering the sanctuary proceeded
to offer incense on the golden altar. Azariah the high priest
saw the tendency of such a daring act on the part of the king,
and with a band of eighty priests he withstood him
(2 Chronicles 26:17)
saying, "It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn
incense." Uzziah was suddenly struck with leprosy while in the
act of offering incense
(2 Chronicles 26:19-21) and he was driven from the
temple and compelled to reside in "a several house" to the day
of his death
(2 Kings 15:5,27; 2 Chronicles 26:3) He was buried in a separate
grave "in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings"
(2 Kings 15:7; 2 Chronicles 26:23) "That lonely grave in the royal necropolis
would eloquently testify to coming generations that all earthly
monarchy must bow before the inviolable order of the divine
will, and that no interference could be tolerated with that
unfolding of the purposes of God, which, in the fulness of time,
would reveal the Christ, the true High Priest and King for
evermore" (Dr. Green's Kingdom of Israel, etc.).
2. The father of Jehonathan, one of David's overseers
(1 Chronicles 27:25)