Jotham, son of Uzziah

“Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah had done (although he did not enter the temple of the LORD). But still the people acted corruptly.” (2Ch 27:1-2)

Because his father Uzziah was excluded from public life due to his leprosy, Jotham had administered for seven years the affairs of the kingdom in his father's stead (2Ch 26:21, 23, 27:1), until after his father's death when he became sole monarch. He ruled in the fear of God, and thereby enjoyed a prosperous reign. His contemporaries, the prophets Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah provided a positive influence.

He built the Upper Gate of the house of the LORD, and he built extensively on the wall of Ophel. Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built fortresses and towers. He defeated the Ammonites, who then paid him tribute. Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.

“So Jotham rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Ahaz his son reigned in his place.” (2Ch 27:9)