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Chimham

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

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kim´ham ( כּמהם , kimhām (2 Samuel 19:37 , 2 Samuel 19:38 ) or כּמהן , kimhān (2 Samuel 19:40 ) or כּמוהם , kemōhem (Jeremiah 41:17 Kt.); this reading, however, may probably be safely ignored): One of the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, who supported David while the latter was in exile in Mahanaim ( 2 Samuel 19:37 ). After the death of Absalom, Barzillai was invited to spend the remainder of his life with the king; but he refused, and sent his son Chimham in his stead. From the mention of "the habitation of Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem" (Jeremiah 41:17 the King James Version), it has been inferred that Chimham received a grant of land from David's patrimony at Bethlehem, which retained his name for at least four centuries. It has been suggested that his name was probably Ahinoam ( אחינעם , 'ăḥı̄nō‛am ).

Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Chimham'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​isb/​c/chimham.html. 1915.
 
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