Jeremiah 41:17

17 And they went on, stopping at Geruth Kimham near Bethlehem on their way to Egypt

Read Jeremiah 41:17 Using Other Translations

And they departed, and dwelt in the habitation of Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, to go to enter into Egypt,
And they went and stayed at Geruth Chimham near Bethlehem, intending to go to Egypt
They took them all to the village of Geruth-kimham near Bethlehem, where they prepared to leave for Egypt.

What does Jeremiah 41:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 41:17

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 F18 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.
FOOTNOTES:

F18 Antiqu. l. 10. c. 9. sect. 5.
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