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17 They set out to go to Egypt to get away from the Babylonians,[a] but stopped at Geruth Kimham[b] near Bethlehem.

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  1. Jeremiah 41:17 tn Heb “Chaldeans.” See the study note on 21:4 for explanation.
  2. Jeremiah 41:17 sn Geruth Kimham is nowhere else mentioned in the Bible, and its precise location is unknown. Many commentators, relating the second part of the name to the name of the son of David’s benefactor when he fled from Absalom (2 Sam 19:38-39), see this as a reference to an estate that David assigned this son as reward for his father’s largess. Gibeon was about six miles northwest of Jerusalem, and Benjamin is approximately the same distance southwest of it. Hence, the people mentioned here had not traveled all that far.

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