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27 Twenty-five years old was Joʹtham+ when he began to reign, and for sixteen years he reigned in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Je·ruʹshah+ the daughter of Zaʹdok. 2 And he kept doing what was right in Jehovah’s eyes,+ according to all that Uz·ziʹah* his father had done.+ Only he did not invade the temple of Jehovah.+ However, the people were yet acting ruinously.+ 3 He himself built the upper gate+ of Jehovah’s house, and on the wall of Oʹphel+ he did a great deal of building. 4 And cities+ he built in the mountainous region of Judah,+ and in the woodlands+ he built fortified places+ and towers.+ 5 And he himself warred against the king of the sons of Amʹmon+ and eventually proved stronger than they were, so that the sons of Amʹmon gave him in that year a hundred silver talents* and ten thousand cor*+ measures of wheat+ and ten thousand of barley.+ This was what the sons of Amʹmon paid to him, also in the second year and the third.+ 6 So Joʹtham kept strengthening himself, for he prepared his ways before Jehovah his God.+ 7 As for the rest of the affairs of Joʹtham+ and all his wars and his ways, there they are written in the Book+ of the Kings of Israel and of Judah. 8 Twenty-five years old he happened to be when he began to reign, and for sixteen years he reigned in Jerusalem.+ 9 Finally Joʹtham lay down with his forefathers,+ and they buried him in the City of David.+ And Aʹhaz+ his son began to reign in place of him.