Also he builttowers in the desert, and diggedmanywells: for he had muchcattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmenalso, and vinedressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he lovedhusbandry.
MoreoverUzziah had an host of fighting men, thatwent out to war by bands, according to the number of theiraccount by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king’scaptains.
And he made in Jerusalemengines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shootarrows and greatstoneswithal. And his namespread far abroad; for he was marvellouslyhelped, till he was strong.
And theywithstoodUzziah the king, and saidunto him, It appertaineth not untothee, Uzziah, to burnincenseunto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burnincense: go out of the sanctuary; for thouhasttrespassed; neithershall it be for thinehonourfrom the LORD God.
ThenUzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burnincense: and while he was wrothwith the priests, the leprosyevenrose up in his foreheadbefore the priests in the house of the LORD, frombeside the incensealtar.
And Azariah the chiefpriest, and all the priests, lookedupon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and theythrust him out fromthence; yea, himselfhastedalso to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
And Uzziah the king was a leperunto the day of his death, and dwelt in a severalhouse, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king’shouse, judging the people of the land.