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2 Chronicles 27:1-9 – Jotham

Summary

The brief reign of Jotham essentially reports his building activities. He is, however, a refreshing model of obedience and blessing.

Analysis

Once again the Chronicler has structured his account concentrically. Two descriptions of Jotham's success--building projects (vv. 3-4) and military victory (v. 5)--are surrounded by the reasons for his success, doing "what was right in the sight of the LORD" (v. 2) and ordering "his ways before the LORD his God" (v. 6). This little homily on the rewards of a pious life is enclosed by royal formulas drawn from 2 Kings 15:33-38 (vv. 1, 7-9).

This brief account is significant, however, because it signals an end to the pattern that has governed the presentation of the last three kings (Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah), whose reigns had been divided into a positive first period characterized by piety and blessing, followed by a negative second period characterized by sin.

2 Chronicles 27:1-9

Reign of Jotham

27Jotham was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; he reigned for sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah daughter of Zadok. 2He did what was right in the sight of the Lord just as his father Uzziah had done—only he did not invade the temple of the Lord. But the people still followed corrupt practices. 3He built the upper gate of the house of the Lord, and did extensive building on the wall of Ophel. 4Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and forts and towers on the wooded hills. 5He fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against them. The Ammonites gave him that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand cors of wheat and ten thousand of barley. The Ammonites paid him the same amount in the second and the third years. 6So Jotham became strong because he ordered his ways before the Lord his God. 7Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. 8He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; he reigned for sixteen years in Jerusalem. 9Jotham slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David; and his son Ahaz succeeded him.

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