The throne of David was then occupied by the young Ahaz, Jotham's son.
The portions which may represent discourses of Jotham's reign are chap. ii.
"Jotham's fable" of the trees who desired a king may be foreign to the context; it is a piece of popular lore, and cannot be pressed too far: the nobler trees have no wish to rule over others, only the bramble is self-confident.
Jotham's victory over Ammon (2 Chron.
5) could only increase the hostility, and preparations were made by Israel for an alliance with Damascus which culminated in an attack upon Judah in the time of Jotham's son, Ahaz.
Jotham's apologue, Judg.