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2Ch 27:1 Jotham [was] twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also [was] Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.
Ver. 1. Jotham was twenty and five years old. ] Twenty and five he was years old when his father was stricken with leprosy; from which time he reigned as king, even in his father’s days: after whose death the kingdom was more solemnly stablished to him alone. Hence he is said then to have begun his reign; and then was Ahaz twenty years old, Jotham being about forty.
2Ch 27:2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.
Ver. 2. And he did that which was right. ] See 2 Kings 15:34 . Josephus saith that no virtue was wanting unto him, and that he was pious, just, public spirited, &c.
Howbeit he entered not into the temple, ] viz., To encroach upon the priest’s office; to serve God, no doubt but he entered into it frequently.
And the people did yet corruptly. ] By sacrificing and burning incense still in the high places, 2Ki 15:35 though Isaiah, Hosea, Micah, and other holy prophets then living showed them their sin. To this day, people will not leave their old evil customs, though never so much preached down.
2Ch 27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.
Ver. 3. He built the high gate. ] See 2 Kings 15:35 .
And on the wall of Ophel. ] This was, saith Adrichomius, a tower of exceeding great height, quasi nube caput inserens, seeming to reach to the very clouds; it was also a strong fort near unto the temple; the habitation of the Nethinims. Nehemiah 3:26 ; Neh 11:21 It was burnt by Titus’ soldiers. See 2 Chronicles 36:19 .
2Ch 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.
Ver. 4. He built castles and towers. ] For defence against the invasion of enemies.
2Ch 27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.
Ver. 5. Both the second year, and the third. ] After which, it is like, he exacted not so much of them.
2Ch 27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.
Ver. 6. So Jotham became mighty. ] The Hebrews think that he was perfect and without blame, as his name signifieth; like as Valerian the emperor said of his successor Probus, that he was vere probus very honest, and had not his name for nought: he was kind to the Christians, and therefore blessed by God with many victories against the barbarians.
Because he prepared his ways before the Lord. ] Or, He established, i.e., he was constant in a good course; so was neither his father nor grandfather.
2Ch 27:7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they [are] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
Ver. 7. And his ways, ] i.e., His counsels, actions, whole course.
2Ch 27:8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
Ver. 8. He was five and twenty years old. ] See on 2 Chronicles 27:1 . This is here repeated, to show that he persevered in well doing to his death, saith the Gloss here.
2Ch 27:9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
Ver. 9. And Ahaz his son reigned. ] And wrought a woeful change, being optimi patris pessimus filius.
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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 27". Trapp's Complete Commentary. https://studylight.org/
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