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27 Jotham was twenty-five years old at the time he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother was Jerushah, daughter of Zadok. He followed the generally good example of his father, Uzziah—who had, however, sinned by invading the Temple—but even so his people became very corrupt.

He built the Upper Gate of the Temple and also did extensive rebuilding of the walls on the hill where the Temple was situated. And he built cities in the hill country of Judah and erected fortresses and towers on the wooded hills.

His war against the Ammonites was successful so that for the next three years he received from them an annual tribute of $200,000 in silver, 10,000 sacks of wheat, and 10,000 sacks of barley. King Jotham became powerful because he was careful to follow the path of the Lord his God.

The remainder of his history, including his wars and other activities, is written in The Annals of the Kings of Israel and Judah. In summary, then, he was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. When he died, he was buried in Jerusalem, and his son Ahaz became the new king.

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