2 Chronicles 27:3
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New International Version
Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the LORD and did extensive work on the wall at the hill of Ophel.

New Living Translation
Jotham rebuilt the upper gate of the Temple of the LORD. He also did extensive rebuilding on the wall at the hill of Ophel.

English Standard Version
He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD and did much building on the wall of Ophel.

New American Standard Bible
He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD, and he built extensively the wall of Ophel.

King James Bible
He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jotham built the Upper Gate of the LORD's temple, and he built extensively on the wall of Ophel.

International Standard Version
Jotham constructed the Upper Gate of the LORD's Temple and did extensive work on the wall of Ophel.

NET Bible
He built the Upper Gate to the LORD's temple and did a lot of work on the wall in the area known as Ophel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jotham built the Upper Gate of the LORD's temple and did extensive building of the wall at the Ophel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

King James 2000 Bible
He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

American King James Version
He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

American Standard Version
He built the upper gate of the house of Jehovah, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He built the high gate of the house of the Lord, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

Darby Bible Translation
It was he who built the upper gate of the house of Jehovah, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

English Revised Version
He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

Webster's Bible Translation
He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

World English Bible
He built the upper gate of the house of Yahweh, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

Young's Literal Translation
He hath built the upper gate of the house of Jehovah, and in the wall of Ophel he hath built abundantly;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:1-9 Jotham's reign in Judah. - The people did corruptly. Perhaps Jotham was wanting towards the reformation of the land. Men may be very good, and yet not have courage and zeal to do what they might. It certainly casts blame upon the people. Jotham prospered, and became mighty. The more stedfast we are in religion, the more mighty we are, both to resist evil, and to do good. The Lord often removes wise and pious rulers, and sends others, whose follies and vices punish a people that valued not their mercies.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - The high gate. In the parallel, rendered in the Authorized Version the "higher" gate, the Hebrew (חָעֶלְיון) being the same in both places. The Revised Version shows "upper gate" in both places. It was probably the gate which led from the palace to the temple's outer court (see 2 Chronicles 23:20, and note there). On the wall of Ophel; Hebrew, הָעפֶל; i.e. the ophel, which may be Englished "the swelling ground." It was the extreme south end of the spur which gradually narrowed southward, and which was the continuation of the Bezetha hill, bounded by the brook Kedron on the east, and the Tyropceon on the west. This extreme south part called the Ophel sank into the bounding valleys to the Kedron precipitously and to the Tyropeon gradually. Pp. 328-335 of Condor's 'Handbook' (2nd edit.), and specially pp. 332-334, well repay a thorough study. A ditch was cut across the narrowest part of the ridge, which separated the temple hill itself from the Bezetha hill. In these parts fortifications were built, and no doubt to such it is our text calls attention.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He built the high gate in the house of the Lord,.... See the note on 2 Kings 15:35.

and on the wall of Ophel he built much; which Kimchi interprets an high place; it was the eastern part of Mount Zion. Josephus (f) calls it Ophlas, and says it joined to the eastern porch of the temple; and some have thought the porch of the temple is meant; the Targum renders it a palace; it is a tradition of the Jews that it was the holy of holies (g).

(f) De Bell. Jud. l. 5. c. 4. sect. 2.((g) Vid. Hieron Trad. Heb. in lib. Paralipom. fol. 86. A. F. G.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. He built the high gate of the house of the Lord—situated on the north—that portion of the temple hill which was high compared with the southern part—hence "the higher," or upper gate (see on [457]2Ki 15:35). He built, that is, repaired or embellished.

and on the wall of Ophel—Hebrew, "the Ophel," that is, the mound, or eminence on the southeastern slope of the temple mount, a ridge lying between the valleys Kedron and Tyropoeon, called "the lower city" [Josephus]. He

built much—having the same desire as his father to secure the defense of Jerusalem in every direction.

2 Chronicles 27:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jotham's Good Reign in Judah
2He did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah had done; however he did not enter the temple of the LORD. But the people continued acting corruptly. 3He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD, and he built extensively the wall of Ophel. 4Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and he built fortresses and towers on the wooded hills.…
Cross References
2 Kings 15:35
The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 33:14
Afterward he rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, west of the Gihon spring in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate and encircling the hill of Ophel; he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah.

Nehemiah 3:26
and the temple servants living on the hill of Ophel made repairs up to a point opposite the Water Gate toward the east and the projecting tower.
Treasury of Scripture

He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

high gate

2 Chronicles 23:20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors …

Jeremiah 20:2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks …

Ophel. or, the tower `The wall,' says the Targum, `of the interior palace.' Ophel appears to have been a tower, or fort, on the city wall, in which we read `the Nehthinim dwelt.'

2 Chronicles 33:14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the …

Nehemiah 3:26,27 Moreover the Nethinims dwelled in Ophel, to the place over against …

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