Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Chronicles Chapter 26

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezra
Date Penned: (430 BC)
Overview: A History of God's Chosen People (c 1-36)
Theme: The Kingdom of Judah (c 10-36)
Message: Uzziah Rules Judah (1-22)

2 Chronicles 26 Commentary 

(26:15) Advanced Weaponry - These engines were possibly offensive weapons similar to the catapults later used by the Romans, which were capable of slinging stones or arrows a great distance. It is also possible that these were defensive structures, designed to protect the soldiers on the city walls.

(2-16)  Uzziah Becomes Prideful - After God gave Uzziah great prosperity and power, he became proud and corrupt. It is true that "pride goeth before destruction" (Proverbs 16:18). If God has given you wealth, influence, popularity, or power, be thankful, but be careful. God hates pride. While it is normal to feel elation when we accomplish something, it is wrong to be disdainful of God or to look down on others. Practice habits of gratitude that give God the credit for what you have, and use your gifts in ways that please him.

(26:17-21) Above The Law - When people have power, they often think they can live above the law. But even the greatest rulers are subject to God, as Uzziah discovered. No matter what your position in society, God expects you to honor, worship, and obey him while you serve others.

(26:21) Uzziah Becomes a Leper - For much of his life, Uzziah "did that which was right in the sight of the LORD" (26:4). But Uzziah turned away from God and died a leper. He is remembered more for his arrogant act and subsequent punishment than for his great reforms. God requires lifelong obedience; spurts of obedience are not enough. Only those who "endure unto the end" will be saved (Mark13:13). Practice being consistent in your faith every day; that way you will build a lifetime of obedience. Otherwise you, too, may become more remembered for your downfall than for your success.

(26:22-23) Isaiah is Now a Prophet - This was the year that God called Isaiah to be a prophet (Isaiah 631). His vision of the holiness of God in Isaiah 6 contrasts dramatically with the behaviors of the kings of both the southern and northern kingdoms.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Above the Law


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of 2 Chronicles with Chapter 26 and we see Uzziah rules Judah, his rule, and contracting leprosy to hi death. God gave Uzziah great wealth and power to have it go to his head and he became proud and corrupt. In making application we see the Biblical principal that Pride cometh before a fall. Some forget God when God blesses us giving us a false precept that we are above the law. I have seen this with so many as they go from salvation to maturity and blessing to see them commit the grosses of sins thinking they are above the law. How about you? Are you aware of this possible pitfall in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Uzziah to remember that we are not above the law, we reap what we sow, and pride cometh before a fall.


2 Chronicles 26

2 Chronicles 26

 1Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.

 2He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

 3Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.

 4And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.

 5And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.

 6And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.

 7And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.

 8And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

 9Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.

 10Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.

 11Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.

 12The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.

 13And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.

 14And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.

 15And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

 16But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

 17And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:

 18And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.

 19Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.

 20And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.

 21And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.

 22Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.

 23So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.