2 Kings 11:3
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New International Version
He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.

New Living Translation
Joash remained hidden in the Temple of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled over the land.

English Standard Version
And he remained with her six years, hidden in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Berean Study Bible
And Joash remained hidden with his nurse in the house of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.

New American Standard Bible
So he was hidden with her in the house of the LORD six years, while Athaliah was reigning over the land.

King James Bible
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.

Christian Standard Bible
Joash was in hiding with her in the LORD's temple six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Contemporary English Version
Joash hid in the temple with Jehosheba for six years while Athaliah ruled as queen of Judah.

Good News Translation
For six years Jehosheba took care of the boy and kept him hidden in the Temple, while Athaliah ruled as queen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joash was in hiding with Jehosheba in the LORD's temple six years while Athaliah ruled over the land.

International Standard Version
So Joash remained hidden with her in the LORD's Temple for six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.

NET Bible
He hid out with his nurse in the LORD's temple for six years, while Athaliah was ruling over the land.

New Heart English Bible
He was with her hidden in the house of the LORD six years. Athaliah reigned over the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
but was hidden with her in the LORD's temple for six years while Athaliah ruled the country.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years; and Athaliah reigned over the land.

New American Standard 1977
So he was hidden with her in the house of the LORD six years, while Athaliah was reigning over the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years, and Athaliah was queen over the land.

King James 2000 Bible
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.

American King James Version
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.

American Standard Version
And he was with her hid in the house of Jehovah six years. And Athaliah reigned over the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was with her six years hid in the house of the Lord. And Athalia reigned over the land.

Darby Bible Translation
And he was with her hid in the house of Jehovah six years. And Athaliah reigned over the land.

English Revised Version
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah reigned over the land.

World English Bible
He was with her hidden in the house of Yahweh six years. Athaliah reigned over the land.

Young's Literal Translation
and he is with her, in the house of Jehovah, hiding himself, six years, and Athaliah is reigning over the land.
Study Bible
Athaliah and Joash
2But Jehosheba daughter of King Joram, the sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the sons of the king who were being murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah, and he was not killed. 3And Joash remained hidden with his nurse in the house of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.
Cross References
2 Kings 11:2
But Jehosheba daughter of King Joram, the sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the sons of the king who were being murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah, and he was not killed.

2 Kings 11:4
Then in the seventh year, Jehoiada sent for the captains of hundreds, the Carites, and the guards, and had them brought into the house of the LORD. There he made a covenant with them and put them under oath. He showed them the king's son

Treasury of Scripture

And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.

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2 Chronicles 22:12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah …

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(3) And he was with her--i.e., with Jehosheba his aunt. The words "in the house of the Lord" should immediately follow. The Word "hid" is connected with "six years" in the Hebrew, and relates to the infant prince only. Joash was with his aunt "in the house of the Lord"--i.e., in one of the chambers allotted to the priests, perhaps even in the high priest's residence, which may have been within the sacred precincts. Thenius assumes that the statement of Chronicles, that Jehosheba was wife of the high priest, has no other ground than a "traditional interpretation" of these words; and asserts that Jehosheba was herself obliged to share the asylum of the infant prince in order to escape the vengeance of Athaliah. But it is certain that the chronicler had better authority than mere tradition for his important additions to the history of the kings. (See Note on 2Chronicles 22:11.)

Did reign.--Was reigning.

Verse 3. - And he was with her - he, i.e. Joash, was with her, i.e. Jehosheba, his aunt - hid in the house of the Lord; i.e. the temple. We learn from Chronicles (2 Chronicles 22:11) that Jehosheba was married to Jehoiada, the high priest, and would thus have ready access to the temple. We must suppose that, after a few days' concealment in the "chamber of mattresses," Jehosheba found an opportunity of transferring him, with his nurse, to a chamber in the temple, where he was thenceforward nourished and brought up. There were various chambers in the temple used for secular purposes, as we learn from 1 Kings 6:5-8 and Nehemiah 13:5-9. Six years (comp. ver. 21 and 2 Chronicles 24:1). And Athaliah did reign over the land. It is difficult to realize all that this implies. It cannot mean less than that for six years Baalism was triumphant in Judah - the temple was allowed to fall into decay (2 Kings 12:5) - a temple to Baal was erected in Jerusalem itself, to supersede the temple of Jehovah (2 Kings 11:18), and a high priest appointed to be a rival to the successor of Aaron. Whether persecution was indulged in, as under Jehoram (2 Chronicles 21:11), is uncertain; but the servants of Jehovah were at any rate under a cloud, slighted, contemned, held as of small account. Perhaps we may conclude, from the position occupied by Jehoiada, and from the powers which he was able to exercise when he determined on revolt (ver. 4; 2 Chronicles 23:1, 2), that Athaliah, during her six years' reign, was to some extent held in check by a Jehovistic party, which she knew to exist, and which she did not dare openly to defy. Thus she left Jehoiada (apparently) in possession of the temple, of its treasures and its armory (ver. 10); she allowed the temple service to continue (2 Chronicles 23:4-7); she permitted the priests and the Levites to serve in their regular "courses" (2 Chronicles 23:8); she let the fortress of the eastern city - for the temple was always a fortress - remain in her enemies' hands. Still, the time was evidently one "of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy" the oppressed worshippers of Jehovah were greatly discontented; and the nation generally was ripe for a counter-revolution, so soon as the signal was given by an authority whom they could trust. And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord six years,.... In the temple; not in the holy of holies, as Jarchi, but in a chamber of the priests and Levites, of which there were several in a temple, as Kimchi, and others; and the husband of Jehosheba, being high priest, had one of them for his own use; and here the child was hid six years, so that he was but a year old when he was first taken and preserved, for he was made king when seven years of age, 2 Kings 11:21,

and Athaliah did reign over the land; the only instance we hear of a woman reigning in Israel, and this was not by right, but by usurpation; and so, according to the Jewish canons, a woman might not rule; which thus runs (a), they do not set a woman in the kingdom, as it is said, Deuteronomy 17:15, "a king over them", not a queen; and so, in all places of power and authority in Israel, they put in them none but a man.

(a) Maimon. Hilchot Melachim, c. 1. sect. 5. 11:1-12 Athaliah destroyed all she knew to be akin to the crown. Jehoash, one of the king's sons, was hid. Now was the promise made to David bound up in one life only, and yet it did not fail. Thus to the Son of David, the Lord, according to his promise, will secure a spiritual seed, hidden sometimes, and unseen, but hidden in God's pavilion, and unhurt. Six years Athaliah tyrannized. Then the king was brought forward. A child indeed, but he had a good guardian, and, what was better, a good God to go to With such joy and satisfaction must the kingdom of Christ be welcomed into our hearts, when his throne is set up there, and Satan the usurper is cast out. Say, Let the King, even Jesus, live, for ever live and reign in my soul, and in all the world.
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