Jeremiah 41:17
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New International Version
And they went on, stopping at Geruth Kimham near Bethlehem on their way to Egypt

New Living Translation
They took them all to the village of Geruth-kimham near Bethlehem, where they prepared to leave for Egypt.

English Standard Version
And they went and stayed at Geruth Chimham near Bethlehem, intending to go to Egypt

New American Standard Bible
And they went and stayed in Geruth Chimham, which is beside Bethlehem, in order to proceed into Egypt

King James Bible
And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They left, stopping in Geruth Chimham, which is near Bethlehem, in order to make their way into Egypt,

International Standard Version
They traveled and then stopped at Geruth Chimham near Bethlehem on their way to Egypt

NET Bible
They set out to go to Egypt to get away from the Babylonians, but stopped at Geruth Kimham near Bethlehem.

New Heart English Bible
and they departed, and lived in Geruth Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they left Gibeon, they stayed near Bethlehem at Geruth Kimham on their way to Egypt.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and they departed, and dwelt in Geruth Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

New American Standard 1977
And they went and stayed in Geruth Chimham, which is beside Bethlehem, in order to proceed into Egypt

Jubilee Bible 2000
and they departed and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, that they might go and enter into Egypt

King James 2000 Bible
And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, on their way to go into Egypt,

American King James Version
And they departed, and dwelled in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

American Standard Version
and they departed, and dwelt in Geruth Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they departed, and sat as sojourners in Chamaam, which is near Bethlehem: in order to go forward, and enter into Egypt,

Darby Bible Translation
and they departed, and dwelt at Geruth-Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

English Revised Version
and they departed, and dwelt in Geruth Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

Webster's Bible Translation
And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

World English Bible
and they departed, and lived in Geruth Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

Young's Literal Translation
and they go and abide in the habitations of Chimham, that are near Beth-Lehem, to go to enter Egypt,
Study Bible
Johanan Rescues the Captives
16Then Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces that were with him took from Mizpah all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, after he had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, that is, the men who were soldiers, the women, the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon. 17And they went and stayed in Geruth Chimham, which is beside Bethlehem, in order to proceed into Egypt 18because of the Chaldeans; for they were afraid of them, since Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 19:37
"Please let your servant return, that I may die in my own city near the grave of my father and my mother. However, here is your servant Chimham, let him cross over with my lord the king, and do for him what is good in your sight."

2 Samuel 19:38
The king answered, "Chimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him what is good in your sight; and whatever you require of me, I will do for you."

Jeremiah 42:14
saying, "No, but we will go to the land of Egypt, where we will not see war or hear the sound of a trumpet or hunger for bread, and we will stay there";
Treasury of Scripture

And they departed, and dwelled in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

Chimham.

2 Samuel 19:37,38 Let your servant, I pray you, turn back again, that I may die in …

to go. As Johanan and the other princes had taken a decided part against Ishmael, they had no sufficient reason to fear that the Chaldeans would revenge on them the murder of Gedaliah; but perhaps Johanan was unwilling to be superseded in the command which he had rightly assumed, and so used his influence to induce the whole company to take refuge in Egypt; and their old attachment to the Egyptians rendered them more ready to concur in this ruinous measure.

Jeremiah 42:14,19 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall …

Jeremiah 43:7 So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice …

Isaiah 30:2,3 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; …

(17) They departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham.--The word translated "habitation "is not found elsewhere, but it is connected with one which means "stranger," "foreigner," and means probably a caravanserai, or hospitium for travellers. The name of Chimham throws us back on the history of Barzillai in 2Samuel 19:37. When the Gileadite chief pleaded his age as a ground for not accepting David's invitation to live at his court, the offer was transferred to his son Chimham. On the king's death-bed he was specially commended to the care of Solomon (1Kings 2:7). It seems probable that some part of David's personal patrimony, as distinct from his royal domains, had been bestowed on him, and that he had perpetuated his gratitude by erecting a resting-place for travellers, probably enough identical with the "inn" of the Nativity (Luke 2:7). The plan of the fugitives under Johanan took them to Bethlehem, as lying on the road to Egypt, where they hoped to find a refuge both from the anarchy in which the land had been left by the death of Gedaliah, and from the severe punishment which the Chaldans were likely to inflict, without too careful an inquiry into the question who had been guilty of it, for the murder of the ruler whom they had appointed. The mere fact of their having remained with Ishmael might be construed into circumstantial evidence of complicity. There they halt, and take counsel.

Verse 17. - And dwelt in the habitation of Chimham. Chimham was the son of the rich Gileadite Barzillai (2 Samuel 19:37-40), who probably founded this "habitation" or rather "hospice" ("khan," "caravanserai"), for the accommodation of travellers - a characteristic mark of public-spirited liberality. Josephus and Aquila, however, appear to have read "by the hurdles of Chimham" - a very possible name for a locality in such a pastoral country. And they departed,.... From Mizpah, Johanan, and the captains of the forces, and all the people rescued from Ishmael:

and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem: so called perhaps from Chimham, the son of Barzillai the Gileadite, to whom David or Solomon might give this place to dwell in, 2 Samuel 19:37, 1 Kings 2:7. The Targum is express for the former, calling it

"the habitation which David gave to Chimham, the son of Barzillai the Gileadite;''

and as it was near Bethlehem, it might be a part of the patrimony which belonged to David, as a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite; which he might give to Chimham, out of respect to his father Barzillai, who showed kindness to him when he was obliged to flee from Absalom; which, though it returned to David's family in the year of jubilee, as all inheritances did, yet might continue to be called after the name of Chimham, in commemoration of the royal grant of it to him. Josephus (r) calls the name of the place Mandra. The reason why Johanan and those with him pitched on this place was, because it lay in the way

to go to enter into Egypt; where they had an inclination to go; having still a friendly regard to that people, and a confidence in them, as appears by some following chapters; and that they might be ready and at hand to flee thither, should the Chaldeans come against them, which they feared.

(r) Antiqu. l. 10. c. 9. sect. 5. 17. dwelt—for a time, until they were ready for their journey to Egypt (Jer 42:1-22).

habitation to Chimham—his "caravanserai" close by Beth-lehem. David, in reward for Barzillai's loyalty, took Chimham his son under his patronage, and made over to him his own patrimony in the land of Beth-lehem. It was thence called the habitation of Chimham (Geruth-Chimham), though it reverted to David's heirs in the year of jubilee. "Caravanserais" (a compound Persian word, meaning "the house of a company of travellers") differ from our inns, in that there is no host to supply food, but each traveller must carry with him his own.41:11-18 The success of villany must be short, and none can prosper who harden their hearts against God. And those justly lose comfort in real fears, who excuse themselves in sin by pretended fears. The removal of a prudent and peaceable ruler, and the succession of another who is rash and ambitious, affects the welfare of many. Only those are happy and steady who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
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