Chemarim [N]

black, ( Zephaniah 1:4 ; rendered "idolatrous priests" in 2 Kings 23:5 , and "priests" in Hosea 10:5 ). Some derive this word from the Assyrian Kamaru, meaning "to throw down," and interpret it as describing the idolatrous priests who prostrate themselves before the idols. Others regard it as meaning "those who go about in black," or "ascetics."

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Chemarim". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .