Azariah becomes the king of Judah
1 Amaziah's son Azariah became king of Judah when Jeroboam had been king of Israel for 27 years. when Azariah began to rule Judah. 2 Azariah was 16 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 52 years. His mother's name was Jecoliah. She came from Jerusalem. 3 Azariah did things that the Lord said were good, as his father Amaziah had done. 4 But he did not remove the altars on the hills. The people continued to offer sacrifices and to burn incense on those altars.
5 The Lord caused the king to have a bad illness in his skin. He had the illness until the day that he died. He lived in a house away from other people. His son Jotham had authority in the palace and he ruled the people of Judah.
15:5The illness may have been what we call leprosy.
6 The other things that happened while Azariah was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Judah's Kings’. It tells about the things that Azariah did. 7 Azariah died and they buried him beside his ancestors in the City of David. His son Jotham became king after him.