12 He stayed with them for six years, hidden in the House of Hashem, while Atalya reigned over the land.
vai-HEE i-TAM b’-VAYT ha-e-lo-HEEM mit-kha-BAY SHAYSH sha-NEEM va-a-tal-YAH mo-LE-khet al ha-A-retz
יב וַיְהִי אִתָּם בְּבֵית הָאֱלֹהִים מִתְחַבֵּא שֵׁשׁ שָׁנִים וַעֲתַלְיָה מֹלֶכֶת עַל־הָאָרֶץ׃
22:12 Hidden in the House of Hashem
In her desire to rule, Atalya does the unthinkable: She wipes out the entire royal family including her own children and grandchildren. There is, however, one exception. Baby Yoash is hidden by his aunt, Yehoshavat, in the house of God, the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim. It is this spiritual center of the Land of Israel, the house that David longed to build and that was constructed by his son Shlomo, which protects the rightful king and preserves the Davidic line. Through Yehoshavat and her husband Yehoyada the priest, Hashem fulfills His promise to David that “his line shall continue forever, his throne, as the sun before Me,” (Psalms 89:37).