To make a clear riddance there of all that belonged to Ahab, as at Jezreel, and abolish idolatry there:
and as he was at the shearing house in the way;
or, "the house of the binding of the shepherds", who, in shearing their sheep, bind their legs together; the Targum is,
``the house of the gathering of the shepherds;''where they used to meet and converse together; with some it is the proper name of a place, Betheked, a country village between Jezreel and Samaria. Jerom speaks F17 of a village of this name, situated in a large plain, about fifteen miles from a place called Legion, which village he takes to be this here.
F17 De loc. Heb. fol. 89. K.