Jotham Reigns in Judah
1Jotham #2 Kin. 15:32–35was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. 2And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done (although he did not enter the temple of the Lord). But still #2 Kin. 15:35; Ezek. 20:44; 30:13the people acted corruptly.
3He built the Upper Gate of the house of the Lord, and he built extensively on the wall of #2 Chr. 33:14; Neh. 3:26Ophel. 4Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built fortresses and towers. 5He also fought with the king of the #2 Chr. 26:8Ammonites and defeated them. And the people of Ammon gave him in that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. The people of Ammon paid this to him in the second and third years also. 6So Jotham became mighty, #2 Chr. 26:5because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.
7Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. 8He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. 9#2 Kin. 15:38So Jotham rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then #Is. 1:1; Hos. 1:1; Mic. 1:1Ahaz his son reigned in his place.