2 Chronicles 27


Jotham succeeds his father Uzziah, and reigns well, 1, 2.

His buildings, 3, 4.

His successful wars, 5, 6.

General account of his acts, reign, and death, 7-9.


Verse 2. He entered not into the temple] He copied his father's

conduct as far as it was constitutional; and avoided his

transgression. See the preceding chapter.

Verse 3. On the wall of Ophel] The wall, says the Targum, of the

interior palace. Ophel was some part of the wall of Jerusalem,

that was most pregnable, and therefore Jotham fortified it in a

particular manner.

Verse 4. Castles and towers.] These he built for the protection

of the country people against marauders.

Verse 5. He fought also with-the Ammonites] We find here that he

brought them under a heavy tribute for three years; but whether

this was the effect of his prevailing against them, is not so

evident. Some think that they paid this tribute for three years,

and then revolted; that, in consequence, he attacked them, and

their utter subjection was the result.

Verse 7. The rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and

his ways] It was in his days, according to 2Ki 15:37, that

Rezin king of Syria, and Pekah king of Israel, began to cut

Judah short. See the notes on 2Ki 15:36, 37.

Written in the book of the kings, &c.] There is not so much

found in the books of Kings which we have now, as in this place of

the Chronicles. In both places we have abridged accounts only: the

larger histories have long been lost. The reign of Jotham was

properly the last politically prosperous reign among the Jews.

Hezekiah and Josiah did much to preserve the Divine worship; but

Judah continued to be cut short, till at last it was wholly


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