Uz, The land of @ where Job lived (1:1; Jeremiah:25:20; Lamentations:4:21), probably somewhere to the east or south-east of Palestine and north of Edom. It is mentioned in Scripture only in these three passages.
Uzal @ a wanderer, a descendant of Joktan Genesis:10:27; 1Chronicles:1:21), the founder apparently of one of the Arab tribes; the name also probably of the province they occupied and of their chief city.
Uzza @ strengh, a garden in which Manasseh and Amon were buried ( 2Kings:21:182Kings:21:26). It was probably near the king's palace in Jerusalem, or may have formed part of the palace grounds. Manasseh may probably have acquired it from some one of this name.
Uzzah @ strength, a son of Abinadab, in whose house the men of Kirjath-jearim placed the ark when it was brought back from the land of the Philistines ( 1Samuel:7:1). He with his brother Ahio drove the cart on which the ark was placed when David sought to bring it up to Jerusalem. When the oxen stumbled, Uzzah, in direct violation of the divine law Numbers:4:15), put forth his hand to steady the ark, and was immediately smitten unto death. The place where this occurred was henceforth called Perez-uzzah ( 1Chronicles:13:11). David on this feared to proceed further, and placed the ark in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite ( 2Samuel:6:2-11; 1Chronicles:13:6-13).
Uzzen-sherah @ a town probably near Beth-horon. It derived its name from the daughter of Ephraim ( 1Chronicles:7:24).
Uzziah @ a contracted form of Azari'ah the Lord is my strength. (1.) One of Amaziah's sons, whom the people made king of Judah in his father's stead ( 2Kings:14:21; 2Chronicals:26:1). His long reign of about fifty-two years was "the most prosperous excepting that of Jehosaphat since the time of Solomon." He was a vigorous and able ruler, and "his name spread abroad, even to the entering in of Egypt" ( 2Chronicals:26:82Chronicals:26:14). In the earlier part of his reign, under the influence of Zechariah, he was faithful to Jehovah, and "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord" ( 2Kings:15:3; 2Chronicals:26:4-5); but toward the close of his long life "his heart was lifted up to his destruction," and he wantonly invaded the priest's office ( 2Chronicals:26:16), and entering the sanctuary proceeded to offer incense on the golden altar. Azariah the high priest saw the tendency of such a daring act on the part of the king, and with a band of eighty priests he withstood him ( 2Chronicals:26:17), saying, "It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense." Uzziah was suddenly struck with leprosy while in the act of offering incense (26:19-21), and he was driven from the temple and compelled to reside in "a several house" to the day of his death ( 2Kings:15:52Kings:15:272Chronicals:26:3). He was buried in a separate grave "in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings" ( 2Kings:15:7; 2Chronicals:26:23). "That lonely grave in the royal necropolis would eloquently testify to coming generations that all earthly monarchy must bow before the inviolable order of the divine will, and that no interference could be tolerated with that unfolding of the purposes of God, which, in the fulness of time, would reveal the Christ, the true High Priest and King for evermore" (Dr. Green's Kingdom of Israel, etc.). (2.) The father of Jehonathan, one of David's overseers ( 1Chronicles:27:25).