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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
        father's stead (2 Kings 14:21; 2 Chr. 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
        of Egypt" (2 Chr. 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 Chr. 26:4, 5); but toward the close of his long life
        "his heart was lifted up to his destruction," and he wantonly
        invaded the priest's office (2 Chr. 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 Chr. 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 (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 Chr. 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 Chr. 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
        Chr. 27:25).
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Uzziah' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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