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2 Chronicles 27

Jotham’s reign in Judah.

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Jotham’s reign in Judah

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.

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.

5 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 the third.

6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.

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.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 2. Lord. Like Ozias, to offer incense. He was content with the royal dignity, without arrogating to himself that of the priests. C. — Transgressed. Heb. “acted corruptly,” on the heights. 4 K. xv. 35. H.

Ver. 3. Gate, on the east, repairing (T.) and beautifying it so, (H.) that Jeremias (xxvi. 10,) calls it New. T. — Ophel, on the walls of the city, (C.) towards the eastern porch of the temple. Joseph. S. Jer. in Isa. xxxii. 14. — Here the Nathineans dwelt. 2 Esd. iii. 26. C. — Kimchi, &c. translate, “a citadel.” T.

Ver. 5. Measures, (coros.) Heb. corim, also, (H.) means an “ass;” as this burden was sufficient for one, being equivalent to 30 Romans bushels. A. Lapide. M. — Give him. Sept. adds, “These things did the king of Ammon bring to him every year, in the first year, and in the second, and the third.” H. — After paying tribute three years, the Ammonites revolted, and were subdued by Joatham, as they had been by his father. C. xxvi. 7.

Ver. 7. Wars, with Rasin and Phacee. 4 K. xv. 37. — Juda. What concerned both kingdoms was carefully preserved; and Esdras informs us from what records he composed this work. C.