When Rehoboam had established his sovereignty and royal power, he abandoned the law of the LORD-- he and all Israel with him.
He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah, and the kingdom experienced peace under him.
Because the land experienced peace, Asa built fortified cities in Judah. No one made war with him in those days because the LORD gave him rest.
So he said to [the people of] Judah, "Let's build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, with doors and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the LORD our God. We sought Him and He gave us rest on every side." So they built and succeeded.
His son Jehoshaphat became king in his place and strengthened himself against Israel.
He stationed troops in every fortified city of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.
Then, in the seventh year, Jehoiada summoned his courage and took the commanders of hundreds into a covenant with him: Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zichri.
The Ammonites gave Uzziah tribute money, and his fame spread as far as the entrance of Egypt, for [God] made [him] very powerful.
You saw that there were many breaches in [the walls of] the city of David. You collected water from the lower pool.
You counted the houses of Jerusalem so that you could tear them down to fortify the wall.
that was broken
King Jehoash of Israel captured Judah's King Amaziah son of Joash, son of Jehoahaz, at Beth-shemesh. Then Jehoash took him to Jerusalem and broke down 200 yards of Jerusalem's wall from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate.
Then the city was broken into, and all the warriors [fled] by night by way of the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, even though the Chaldeans surrounded the city. As the king made his way along the route to the Arabah,
When he saw them, Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers fled. They left the city at night by way of the king's garden through the gate between the two walls. They left along the route to the Arabah.
Then all the lords of Shechem and of Beth-millo gathered together and proceeded to make Abimelech king at the oak of the pillar in Shechem.
David took up residence in the stronghold, which he named the city of David. He built it up all the way around from the supporting terraces inward.
Pharaoh's daughter moved from the city of David to the house that Solomon had built for her; he then built the terraces.
and this is the reason he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the supporting terraces [and] repaired the opening in the wall of the city of his father David.
Joash's servants conspired against him and killed him at Beth-millo [on the road that] goes down to Silla.
Uzziah provided the entire army with shields, spears, helmets, armor, bows and slingstones.
He made skillfully designed devices in Jerusalem to shoot arrows and [catapult] large stones for use on the towers and on the corners. So his fame spread even to distant places, for he was marvelously helped until he became strong.