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2Ch 27:1-4. JOTHAM, REIGNING WELL, PROSPERS.
2. he did that which was right--The general rectitude of his government
is described by representing it as conducted on the excellent
principles which had guided the early part of his father's reign.
3. He built the high gate of the house of the Lord--situated on the
north--that portion of the temple hill which was high compared with the
southern part--hence "the higher," or upper gate
He built, that is, repaired or embellished.
4. in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers--that is, in the elevated and wooded spots where fortified cities could not be placed, he erected castles and towers.
2Ch 27:5-9. HE SUBDUES THE AMMONITES.
5. He fought also with the king of the Ammonites--This invasion he not only repelled, but, pursuing the Ammonites into their own territory, he imposed on them a yearly tribute, which, for two years, they paid. But when Rezin, king of Syria, and Pekah, king of Israel, combined to attack the kingdom of Judah, they took the opportunity of revolting, and Jotham was too distracted by other matters to attempt the reconquest (see on 2Ki 15:37).