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Commentary on 2 Chronicles

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26.1–23 :

The reign of Uzziah. Greatly expanding on his source (2 Kings 14.21–22; 15.1–3 ), the Chronicler presents another cycle of good beginnings that end in dishonor. Of particular interest is the incident of Uzziah's taking on the prerogatives of the priesthood.

5 :

He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God: The identity of this Zechariah is uncertain; possibly he is a member of the family of the high priest Jehoiada, whose son was named Zechariah. Uzziah's intent to seek God is highlighted. Being on the right path early in his reign, Uzziah has military and economic success.

16 :

But when he had become strong he grew proud, to his destruction: Despite his good start, Uzziah moved apart from the law of God.

18 :

It is not for you, Uzziah, to make offering to the LORD, but for the priests the descendants of Aaron: The intercessory role of the priesthood is understood by the Chronicler to be ordained by God (see Num 16 ). The priests act as the prophets * do in other settings, bringing an offer to the protagonist to make the right moral choice.

19 :

When he became angry with the priests a leprous disease broke out on his forehead: His anger at the priests was, indirectly, anger at God's chosen means of regulating worship. Being struck with leprosy made Uzziah unclean, unable to approach the Temple * precinct and unable to conduct normal commerce with those who observed the Mosaic rules regulating ritual cleanliness.

23 :

They buried him near his ancestors, but because of his uncleanness, he could not be buried with the other kings of the line of David.

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