King Uzziah (2 Chr 26:1-26:5)

“All the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old and made him king to succeed his father King Amaziah. He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his ancestors. King Uzziah 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 sight of Yahweh, just as his father King Amaziah had done. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought Yahweh, God made him prosper.”

Once again, this biblical chronicler used 2 Kings, chapter 15 as his basic text. King Uzziah ruled for a long time. The text says 52 years but the title and most charts put it at 42 years. He may have been a regent king ruling with his father, since his father King Amaziah was so unpopular. Also there is a question about his name. Here he is referred to as King Uzziah, but in 2 Kings, he was named King Azariah. This is the problem with names that are so close except for a consonant or two. 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. The text mentions that he followed his father, Azariah, but we just saw that his father was unfaithful to Yahweh. Nevertheless, King Uzziah conquered Elath, which was near the Red Sea. As usual there was no reference to the kingdom of Israel as in 2 Kings. Also there was no mention of the fact that the high places of worship still existed.

The wealth of King Solomon (2 Chr 8:17-8:18)

“Then King Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Eloth on the shore of the sea, in the land of Edom. King Huram sent him ships with his servants who were familiar with the sea. They went to Ophir together with the servants of King Solomon. They imported from there four hundred and fifty talents of gold. They brought it to King Solomon.”

Once again, this is based on 1 Kings, chapter 9. Here King Solomon is not in the ship building business. Here his good friend Hiram or Huram from Tyre helped with his ships since his men were good seamen. Everything else is exactly the same. They went to the same places. Eloth was a seaport in the land of Edom on the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba. Ophir is difficult to locate, but there was a huge gold mine there. There is a mention of this in Genesis, chapter 10, when showing how the earth was populated after the great flood. The descendants of Shem, Noah’s son lived in the Persian Gulf or the Indian Ocean area and they mentioned the town of Ophir. So both biblical authors were familiar with this town and its gold. This time the gold haul is 450 talents of gold, 30 more talents than was in 1 Kings. That would put its value over 2 billion USA dollars, $2,000,000,000.00, quite a large amount of money or wealth for any time, even for 3,000 years ago. They brought all this gold to King Solomon.