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.

The attack from the southeast (2 Chr 20:1-20:2)

“After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against King Jehoshaphat for battle. Messengers came and told King Jehoshaphat. ‘A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea. Already they are at Hazazon-tamar that is, En-gedi.”

This attack is coming from the people of Moab and Edom, southeast of Judah on the other side of the Dead Sea. They were joined by the Meunites, who were a small group also from the southeast side of the Dead Sea. The messengers said that they were already at Hazazon-tamar that is, En-gedi. En-gedi was on the western side of the Dead Sea about 10 miles east of Hebron so that they were pretty close.