Uzziah's father, Amaziah, was killed when Uzziah was 16, so his reign over Judah began young. He was an active and popular king. He built up Judah's military strength and defeated the Philistines and Ammonites (2 Chron 26:6ff.). He did not neglect agriculture and had wells dug and watchtowers constructed.
Uzziah cooperated with Jeroboam II, king of Israel, and shared with him the possibilities of influence and prosperity offered by Assyria's relative weakness, at that time.
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