Jotham Reigns in Judah
(2 Kings 15:32–38)
1 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. His mother’s name was Jerushah a daughter of Zadok. 2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Uzziah b had done. In addition, he did not enter the temple of the LORD. But the people still behaved corruptly.
3 Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the house of the LORD, and he worked extensively on the wall at the hill of Ophel. 4 He also built cities in the hill country of Judah and fortresses and towers in the forests.
5 Jotham waged war against the king of the Ammonites and defeated them, and that year they gave him a hundred talents of silver, c ten thousand cors of wheat, d and ten thousand cors of barley. e They paid him the same in the second and third years. 6 So Jotham grew powerful because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God.
7 As for the rest of the acts of Jotham, along with all his wars and his ways, they are indeed written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. 8 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. 9 And Jotham rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. And his son Ahaz reigned in his place.
1 a Jerushah is a variant of Jerusha ; see 2 Kings 15:33.
2 b Uzziah is also called Azariah ; see 2 Kings 14:21.
5 c 100 talents is approximately 3.77 tons or 3.42 metric tons of silver.
5 d 10,000 cors is approximately 62,400 bushels or 2.2 million liters (probably about 1,920 tons or 1,740 metric tons of wheat).
5 e 10,000 cors is approximately 62,400 bushels or 2.2 million liters (probably about 1,450 tons or 1,315 metric tons of barley).