Like King Uzziah
, who contracts leprosy for his pride, or Jehoram, whose bowels fall out.
Elsewhere the poem refers to Jehoaz (Joacaz) and Uzziah
(Asarias) as unsuccessful and successful examples whose fate on the battlefield reflects their fidelity, and it condemns "Un corto Gremio convicto [.
For this offense God smote Uzziah
with a "leprosy" that "rose up in his forehead," while the affronted priests thrust their king out of the community (2 Chron.
Isaiah testified, "In the year that King Uzziah
died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.
We know that Isaiah received his call after that: "In the year that king Uzziah
died, I saw the Lord seated upon the throne .
The lives of Pharaoh, Rehoboam, Uzziah
, Haman, Nebuchadnezzar, Belteshazzar, and Herod Agrippa all suffered the results of their arrogance.
A skin disease (leprosy being just a general term) is the fate of King Uzziah
for trifling with the incense rites in defiance of the priests and he suffers the proclaimed fate of all those who dabble in "unauthorized coals" and is buried far off, "being cut off from the people.
(767-739 BCE) was a visionary eco-monarch who established irrigation systems that made the Negev fruitful.
The chapter begins with a notice that this is the vision of Isaiah, son of Amotz, and lists the Judean kings under whom Isaiah prophesied, starting with Uzziah
(at whose death in 742 BCE Isaiah began to prophesy according to Isaiah 6:1), and ending with Hezekiah.
He pointed to the example of Judith on whom God afforded the glory of cutting off Holofernes's head as a reward for the harsh rebuke she gave to the weak and fearful priest Uzziah
Olusegun Adeniyi, 'In the Year King Uzziah
Died', This Day (Lagos) 7 March 2002.
Isaiah was raised under the Godly influence of Judah's king, Uzziah