shewed them the king’s son

2 Kings 11:4

11:4 shewed them the king’s son. Jehoiada was taking a calculated risk in showing the king’s son to the military leaders of the nation, who had been ruled by Queen Athaliah for six years. He hoped that they would have resented the usurpation of the throne of David by one not in the Davidic line and also have grown weary of her cruelties and her idolatries. Happily, he found that they were all ready to place Joash, the rightful heir, on the throne.

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