II Chronicles 27:2
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2  He did what was pleasing to Hashem just as his father Uzziyahu had done, but he did not enter the Temple of Hashem; however, the people still acted corruptly.

va-YA-as ha-ya-SHAR b’-ay-NAY a-do-NAI k’-KHOL a-SHER a-SAH u-zi-YA-hu a-VEEV RAK lo VA el hay-KHAL a-do-NAI v’-OD ha-AM mash-khee-TEEM

ב  וַיַּעַשׂ הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהֹוָה כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה עֻזִּיָּהוּ אָבִיו רַק לֹא־בָא אֶל־הֵיכַל יְהֹוָה וְעוֹד הָעָם מַשְׁחִיתִים׃

27:2   The people still acted corruptly

While Yotam is remembered as a good and righteous king, he fails to influence the people in a significant way. In fact, the people continue their rebellions against Hashem and His worship. As is clear throughout Tanakh, a king is in a unique position to have significant impact on his subjects. Chizkiyahu, for example, is able to create positive change, bringing the nation to a spiritual state that they had not reached since the days of Shlomo. Menashe, on the other hand, leads the people to a spiritual low point. Therefore, though Yotam is considered a good king, he is remembered as a king who failed in his mission to cause the people to repent. Doing what is right is not enough; we must influence and inspire others to do so as well.

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  • I read somewhere in the Bible, rightly or wrongly that 'strong men take the kingdom by force', and when the leader, a king in this case, is not stronger than the people, or, should he not have the courage to deal with rebellious people [the rank and file, so to speak] then a kingdom can be overrun. When it's another man or group that are stronger than the king. A word in season can steer someone in the right direction, a word that brings conviction can change a man's life forever – always seizing those opportunities to come alongside people who do need an ear or a word or some comfort.
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    The New Israel Bible, Isaiah 50:4 – 4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of them that are taught, that I should know how to sustain with words him that is weary; He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as they that are taught.

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II Chronicles 27:2

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