2 Chronicles 27:4
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New International Version
He built towns in the hill country of Judah and forts and towers in the wooded areas.

New Living Translation
He built towns in the hill country of Judah and constructed fortresses and towers in the wooded areas.

English Standard Version
Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and forts and towers on the wooded hills.

New American Standard Bible
Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and he built fortresses and towers on the wooded hills.

King James Bible
Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He also built cities in the hill country of Judah and fortresses and towers in the forests.

International Standard Version
He also built cities in the hill country of Judah, along with fortresses and guard towers in the forests.

NET Bible
He built cities in the hill country of Judah and fortresses and towers in the forests.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He built cities in the hills of Judah, and he built forts and towers in the wooded areas.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built forts and towers.

American King James Version
Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

American Standard Version
Moreover he built cities in the hill-country of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Juda, and castles and towers in the forests.

Darby Bible Translation
And he built cities in the hill-country of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

English Revised Version
Moreover he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

World English Bible
Moreover he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

Young's Literal Translation
and cities he hath built in the hill-country of Judah, and in the forests he hath built palaces and towers.
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 4. - The mountains of Judah; Hebrew, בְּהַר; Revised Version, hill country of Judah, the Hebrew text being in the singular number (compare particularly Joshua 9:1, where the Har is evidently placed in contrast with the Shefelah). Castles; Hebrew, בִּירָנִיּות (so 2 Chronicles 17:12). The meaning is that he built forts (Isaiah 2:15; Hosea 8:14).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of Judah,.... In the mountainous part of it, the hill country of Judea, Luke 1:65,

and in the forests he built castles and towers; for the safety of travellers, and of shepherds and their flocks, see 2 Chronicles 26:10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers—that is, in the elevated and wooded spots where fortified cities could not be placed, he erected castles and towers.

2 Chronicles 27:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jotham's Good Reign in Judah
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. 5He fought also with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed over them so that the Ammonites gave him during that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors of wheat and ten thousand of barley. The Ammonites also paid him this amount in the second and in the third year.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 11:5
Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:

2 Chronicles 27:5
Jotham waged war against the king of the Ammonites and conquered them. That year the Ammonites paid him a hundred talents of silver, ten thousand cors of wheat and ten thousand cors of barley. The Ammonites brought him the same amount also in the second and third years.
Treasury of Scripture

Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

he built cities

2 Chronicles 11:5-10 And Rehoboam dwelled in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah…

2 Chronicles 14:7 Therefore he said to Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about …

2 Chronicles 26:9,10 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and …

the mountains

Joshua 14:12,13 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spoke in that …

Luke 1:39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with …

castles and towers. These castles and towers he doubtless built built for the protection of the country people against marauders.

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