“So Jotham became mighty because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.” 2 Chr 27:6
“Prepared” is in Hebrew, Strong’s H3559, kuwn, kaph – vav – nun. The kaph is the pictograph of the open palm; the nun is the pictograph of the seed. The picture is of the opening of the seed; i.e., the going down of the root, so, that which provides support for the plant to be upright. The vav is the nail or tent peg, and it is in heart of the word. The tent peg firmly secures the tent to its foundation (the earth). That the tent peg is in the heart of word, indicates that the firm determination is at or from the core. So the complete picture is to be firmly established, fixed and stable without wavering, to set one’s face like flint to go a certain way.
The verse might be easier understood to read:
Jotham became mighty because he firmly established his ways before the LORD his God.
And what his ways were firmly established in, was uprightness — it is this kaph – nun that means the root of support which causes the plant to be upright and stand up straight.
We have seen this same word used before in Chronicles:
And he [Rehoboam] did evil, because he did not prepare [firmly set without wavering] his heart to seek the LORD. 2 Chr 12:14
“Nevertheless, good things are found in you [Jehoshaphat], in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared [firmly set without wavering] your heart to seek God.” 2 Chr 19:3
Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed [firmly set without wavering] their hearts to the God of their fathers. 2 Chr 20:33