The reign of King Azariah in Judah (781-740 BCE) (2 Kings 15:1-15:4)

“In the twenty-seventh year of King Jeroboam of Israel, King Azariah son of King Amaziah of Judah began to reign. He was sixteen years old when he began to reign. He reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. He did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, just as his father King Amaziah had done. Nevertheless the high places were not taken away. The people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.”

Once again, we have a king that rules for a long time. The text says 52 years but the title and most charts put it at 42 years. He may have been regent king ruling with his father since his father King Amaziah was so unpopular. Also there is a question about his name. King Azariah is referred to as King Uzziah in the later texts. This is the problem with names that so close except for a consonant or two. As mentioned earlier at the death of King Amaziah, he was 16 when he came to rule. His mother’s name was Jecoliah who was from Jerusalem like his grandmother. Thus their names were similar. He was a righteous king who followed Yahweh. However, like his predecessors, he allowed the people to worship and sacrifice at the high places outside of Jerusalem.

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