The fighting power of King Uzziah (2 Chr 26:6-26:8)

“King Uzziah went out and made war against the Philistines. He broke down the wall of Gath, the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod. He built cities in the territory of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. God helped him against the Philistines, against the Arabs that dwelt in Gur Baal, and against the Meunites. The Ammonites paid tribute to King Uzziah. His fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong.”

Most of this material was not mentioned in 2 Kings. King Uzziah was a great warrior. As usual like all Judah warriors, he fought with the Philistines, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and Meunites. Gath and Ashdod were Philistine strong cities with walls that were destroyed by King Uzziah here. Jabneh is only mentioned here but probably refers to Jabneel about 12 miles south of Joppa. King Uzziah rebuilt the Philistine cities for Judah. He was also successful over the Arabs and the Meunites, a group southeast of the Dead Sea. Thus his fame spread to Egypt.

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