Jotham becomes king of Judah.
VERSE 1. Jotham was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok.
when he began to reign. The year was 750 BC.
Jotham is made king because his father Uzziah had contracted leprosy.
VERSE 2. He did that which was right in the LORD’s eyes, according to all that his father Uzziah had done. However he didn’t enter into the LORD’s temple. The people still acted corruptly.
The people still acted corruptly. Once a people are corrupted, it is very difficult to get them uncorrupted.
VERSE 3. He built the upper gate of the LORD’s house, and he built much on the wall of Ophel.
VERSE 4. Moreover he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and in the forests he built fortresses and towers.
VERSE 5. He also fought with the king of the children of Ammon, and prevailed against them. The children of Ammon gave him the same year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand cors of wheat, and ten thousand cors of barley. The children of Ammon also gave that much to him in the second year, and in the third.
talents. A talent is about 30 kilograms or 66 pounds.
cors. One cor is the same as a homer, or about 55.9 U. S. gallons (liquid) or 211 liters or 6 bushels.
ten thousand cors of wheat. That would weigh about 1,640 metric tons.
ten thousand cors of barley. That would weigh about 1,310 metric tons.
NAB translation. Jotham continued to grow strong because he lived resolutely in the presence of the LORD, his God.
he ordered his ways before the LORD his God. As we go about our busy daily lives, let’s live in the presence of the LORD God.
VERSE 7. Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
VERSE 8. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
VERSE 9. Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in David’s city; and Ahaz his son reigned in his place.
Jotham slept with his fathers. That is, he died.
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